Buddhists, Muslims Make Peace Pledge In Zanskar

LEH — Amid long-standing communal tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Zanskar in Jammu and Kashmir, a pledge signed by representatives of both the groups in the presence of the Dalai Lama has given a ray of hope to peace initiatives in the region.

The local people have formed a “Peace Committee” having six members from both faiths, to provide a platform for conflicts to be heard and resolved amicably. After accepting the pledge taken by the two communities’ representatives, the Dalai Lama lauded them and said, “Friendship and harmony between different faiths are of fundamental importance. The followers of different faiths must follow and practise the advice of their own teachers.”

Thanking the Dalai Lama for his intervention in the matter, Gulam, the head of the Muslim Action Committee who led the delegation for Muslims, said, “We owe it completely to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama’s vision and compassion for enabling us to reach this milestone. We remain forever indebted.

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