Srinagar, June 29: In a first of its kind event Civil Society of Kashmir Wednesday organised a formal welcome ceremony for the Amarnath pilgrims at the SKICC, Srinagar.
The official spokesperson said that hundreds of people representing different social, business, religious bodies from the entire Kashmir Valley participated in the event.
Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha was the Chief Guest while as Chairperson of J&K Waqf Board Dr DarakhshanAndrabi, Chief Secretary of J&K Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole were the guests of honour.
Civil Society representatives Mushtaq Chaya and Bashir Ahmad Rather were also present on the dais.
Introductory address about the importance of Yatra in bridging the gaps between communities was delivered by famed writer and intellectual Dr SatishVimal.
Dr DarakhshanAndrabi, Chairperson of J&K Waqf Board, said that our sufis and spiritual saints have showed us the way to a peaceful life based on the principle of co-existence and brotherhood and now we have to return to the roots and follow the teachings of our spiritual masters so that we bring peace to this land of sufis and rishis.
“We are reviving the age-old cultural tradition in Kashmir by welcoming Yatris with hearts,” said Dr Darakhshan. She hoped that now onwards the world should know us by our real image of humanism and spiritual excellence which is the foundation of brotherhood.
Welcoming AmarnathYatra, Dr Andrabi hoped that like the record tourist inflow this year the yatra will also create records.
Chief Secretary of J&K, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta said that this event has to be a beginning of a continuous tradition of celebrating the inter-community and inter-faith festivities throughout the year.
“This Yatra will boost the economy of J&K to a great level and such huge festivities need to be part of our tourism network,” said Dr Mehta.
He appealed to the audience to send this message around so that the spirit of peace and co-existence gets deep roots in the society.
Civil Society representatives Mushtaq Chaya and Bashir Ahmad Rather also spoke on the occasion and reiterated their faith in the communal harmony of the society.
They said that the whole Kashmiri society is at the service of the Amarnath pilgrims and we assure all help and assistance to these guests in J&K.
Welcome address was given by Civil Society Member Mohammad Abrar Khan, while as thanksgiving was done by Chairman of Chamber of Commerce & Industry Kashmir, Tariq Ghaani.
Famed broadcaster Rasheed Nizami anchored the event with his mesmerizing rendition of sufi-couplets and quotes.