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ITFA leads tribute to the victims of Pulwama terror attack
Phayul[Saturday, February 16, 2019 20:17]
By Tenzin Sangmo

Phayul Photo: Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul Photo: Tenzin Sangmo
DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 16: Indo Tibetan Friendship Association (ITFA) led a prayer service and a candlelight vigil in Mcleod Ganj to pay tribute to the 44 soldiers killed and others injured in the suicide terror attack that took place on February 14 in Pulwama district, Srinagar, J&K.

The press release issued for the same said “ITFA condemns the terrorist attack on the paramilitary convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and stands in solidarity with the government and people of India in this difficult and tragic time. We reaffirm our commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”

The prayer service held in the afternoon at the Tibetan Settlement Office (TSO) Hall was attended by the ITFA President Mr Ajai Singh, Tibetan Settlement Officer Mr Dawa Rinchen, and Tibetan MP Mr Dawa Tsering along with local Tibetans and Indians.

Phayul Photo: Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul Photo: Tenzin Sangmo
In his address to the gathering, the ITFA President said, “We pray that their souls find peace and that their family will find strength in this tough time. We also pray that the teaching of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will bring peace and strength to India and the world so a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again.”

At the prayer service, a one-minute silence was observed to mourn the tragedy followed by a candlelight vigil at 6:00 pm from Mcleod Ganj Square to the Dalai Lama temple and back.

The vigil saw people joining in droves to pay their tribute.

Speaking to the Tibetan media, Rinchen said since we have been living in India as refugees for the last 60 years, these Jawans have been protecting us too and it is our moral duty to stand in solidarity with our host country in times like this.








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