Srinagar: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday
appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain peace
as it was imperative for resolution of various issues.
"I appeal to the people to strive hard to maintain peace
and law and order as it is imperative for resolution of
issues," Abdullah, who is also the president of ruling
He was addressing party leaders and workers at his
Kashmir has been in the grip of violent protests since
June 11 when a 17-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by
a tear smoke shell during clashes at Rajouri Kadal in the
interior city. So far, over 100 people have been killed in the
unrest in the Valley.
Asserting that National Conference has always guided the
people in the right way at crucial junctures, Abdullah said
the people of the state have always desired to lead a peaceful
life and making the state prosperous.
"It is possible only when there is complete peace in the
state," he said.
Referring to the ongoing unrest, he said, "Unfortunately
over the past few months, the people faced intolerable
hardships due to violent protests and stone-pelting and many
precious lives have been lost."
"The unrest has dealt a crippling blow to business,
deprived transporters and labour class of opportunities to
earn livelihood and left shopkeepers anxious due to closure of
shops," the union minister said.
He said people are losing crores of rupees daily and
becoming economically weak while the future of students was in