JK : Guns fall silent; first ever cultural event held near LoC in Uri

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With the guns falling silent at borders, a first ever cultural event was held close to the Line of Control in Nambala village in Uri sector of Baramulla district, which once used to be in line of fire during any ceasefire violation.

The village hosted Jashn-e-Rustam on Sunday and thousands of people from Kashmir flocked to these picturesque mountains to participate in the event.

The event was organised by Rustam Battalion of Indian Army under the aegis of Pir Panjal Brigade of Baramulla based Dagger Division in collaboration with All India Radio (AIR) Srinagar unit and with the support of locals.

“This is for the first time that such a festival has been held near the LoC which witnessed a huge footfall of 15,000 including local and non-local audiences,” Army said in a statement.

The festival witnessed the amazing performances of the prominent artists like Tariq Pardesi, Masarat Naaz, Yemerzal Cultural Group, Kohinoor Band Baramulla, Raja Bilal, Shahi Mumtaz, Team 360 (Uri), Safri Farooq and versatile band, Aijaz Bhat, AGS Boniyar and various other schools.

Bollywood actor of Kashmiri origin Mateena Rajput was also present on the occasion.

“The aim of the event was to enhance the close relations between military and civilians by promoting the untapped tourism potential of border regions while providing local artists a platform to showcase their talent in the backdrop of peace at borders,” the Army said.

The locals hailed the Army for organizing such a festival and pitched to hold more such festivals in future.

It has been over two years since India and Pakistan agreed on a ceasefire along the volatile LoC. India and Pakistan armies agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight February 24-25, 2021.

The border residents have been the biggest beneficiaries of this agreement.

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