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PHOTOS: Kashmir darbar shifts to summer capital

Last updated on: May 9, 2011 16:56 IST

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Mukhtar Ahmad
State government offices opened in the summer capital of Srinagar on Monday after the annual Darbar Move, the annual shifting of Jammu and Kashmir's Civil Secretariat from Jammu to Srinagar, amidst tight security arrangements on Monday.

The offices have shut in the winter capital Jammu on April 29. For the past 139 years, Kashmir has been witnessing shifting of darbar between Jammu and Srinagar.

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Image: JK CM Omar Abdullah participates in a ceremony on the opening day of the Civil Secretariat
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Thousands of employees working in the secretariat and other offices, which shifted to Jammu with the Darbar Move attended their duties after a 10-day long break. Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the country that has two capitals, Srinagar during summers and Jammu in winter.

The other offices which have shifted to Srinagar include Raj Bhavan and police headquarters.


Image: JK police participate in the Darbar move at the Civil Secretariat
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J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was given a ceremonial welcome by a contingent of smartly uniformed state policemen at the Civil Secretariat. He took the salute and later visited various offices in the secretariat to get a feel of the arrangements made for the employees. He was accompanied by senior civil and police officers.

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Talking to newsmen, Abdullah said that there was no credible evidence to link the militancy in Kashmir with the Al Qaeda outfit although Osama bin Laden had spoken about Kashmir as the unfinished agenda of his group.

"But during the unified command headquarters meetings that I chaired, I did not come across any piece of evidence that could link the Al Qaeda with Kashmir militancy", the chief minister said.

Image: Security beefed up in Srinagar ahead of the Darbar move
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In the wake of Osama's killing, the chief minister belied media fears that 'bitterness would overtake India Pakistan peace process'. "The foreign secretary has made it clear that India would continue to pursue the peace process with Pakistan."

Abdullah, however, wanted 'the pace of dialogue process to progress so that the old problem of Kashmir would be resolved'.

"The solution must be acceptable to people," he added. The chief minister favoured the inclusion of separatist leaders in the centre-state dialogue process.

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