J&K Guv unfurls Tricolour in Srinagar; says people need not to worry about identity

J&K Guv unfurls Tricolour in Srinagar; says people need not to worry about identity

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday unfurled the Tricolour at Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium here to mark 73rd Independence Day celebrations amid tight security arrangements. This was the first Independence Day celebrations post Abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir as the state was bifurcated into two Union Territories. Mr Malik, in his address, said the people of Jammu and Kashmir need not to worry about their identity. "Identity of Jammu and Kashmir is neither at stake and nor tampered with," he asserted. He assured the people that their identity is not at stake nor has been tampered with as the Constitution of India allows many regional identities to thrive and prosper.

However, he also lauded the security forces for their role in Jammu and Kashmir. "It is only because of the valour and courage of our security forces, the designs of militants have been defeated," he said, adding that the militancy related incidents and stone pelting have come down in the recent past. Various cultural programmes were also organised on the occasion. Tight security was ensured in and around the venue for peaceful and incident-free celebrations. Meanwhile, reports from Ladakh Union Territory said the day was also celebrated with patriotic fervour and enthusiasm. The Ladakhis celebrated the occasion with great spirit post creation of Ladakh as UT.

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