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President Kalam to visit J&K

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | June 07, 2003 22:47 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam will visit Jammu and Kashmirtowards the end of this month, Press Secretary to the President S M Khan told on Saturday.

He said the dates and schedule for the visit were being worked out in consultation with the J&K government.

Former governor of Jammu and Kashmir Girish Chander Saxena said the President's visit to J&K when India and Pakistan are inching towards a dialogue assumes great significance.

"The kind of personality that he has, the President is bound to carry with him the people of the state. The visitwas very much on the cards and we had been working on it for sometime. Now it has beenfirmed up," he said.

Saxena said the President will meet school children during his stay in the Valley.

He will also present President's colours to the local police in recognition of their fight against terrorism. The venue of the ceremony has not been finalised as yet.

In Jammu, President Kalam will address a convocation of the Jammu University.

He will visit monastries in Leh and Ladakh region.

The President is also expected to meet senior army commanders in his capacity as thesupreme commanderof the armed forces.

Before Dr Kalam, his predecessors -- R Venkatraman and K R Narayanan -- had also visited Jammu and Kashmir.

In August 1992, Venkatraman visited Srinagar and stayedovernight there. He visited the Amarnath shrine and also travelled to Leh and Ladakh.

K R Narayanan visited the state in 1997 and addressed a convocation of the Kashmir University.

In 2000, he visited the state again to present President's colours to Jackalie Light Infantry regiment.

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