Veteran Congress leader welcomes surgical strikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir
Shimla: To celebrate the spirit of global citizenship and universal peace, over 200 delegates from 33 countries today called upon Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh at his official residence ‘Oak-Over’ from where he flagged off the peace march, as a part of 11th edition of the Global Youth Peace Festival-GYPF-2016.
Delegates from Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Fiji, France, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Liberia, Malaysia, Motswana, Mauritius, Nepal, Palestine, Syria, Senegal, Taiwan, Uganda, USA, Zambia & Zimbabwe participated in the peace march.
Welcoming the initiative, the Chief Minister said that it was a great effort in spreading the message of love and fraternity and the youth from over 30 countries were sharing a common platform to spread peace, preach human values and create a more just world. He said
“It pains to see the people being divided on race, region, religion and nationalities and such programmes, based on common cause to bring peace and harmony, will certainly go ahead disseminating the message as how to live above racial and religious discrimination”
Bernie Meyer, popularly known as ‘American Gandhi’ presented a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and his book, ‘Gandhi Universal Inspiration’ to the Chief Minister.
Dr. Markandey Rai, Senior Advisor, United Nations Human Settlements Programme welcomed the Chief Minster and also briefed him about the motive of Global Youth Peace Festival-GYPF-2016. He said that it was a unique youth campaign to spread Mahatmas Gandhi’s Universal message of peace and harmony.
The Chief Minister, while talking to media after the flag-off ceremony, welcomed the surgical strikes on launch pads of terrorists in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). He said that none of the countries would tolerate attacks and unnecessary killings of innocent people from foreign soil and the surgical attacks on terrorists camps by Indian Army was a ‘right step at the right moment’.