His Holiness Appeals for Peace in Ladakh
Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 3:00 PM
|His Holiness during his last visit in Ladakh in 2005|
Dharamshala (TibetNet): His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed disappointment over the recent communal violence between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Ladakh and appealed for peace. His Holiness said many times that the religion should never be the cause of conflict and violence.
In his appeal letter sent on 12 February, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said “I urgently appeal for all people in Ladakh to restrain themselves from engaging in any violent actions.
“As a Buddhist practitioner and determined advocate of non-violence, I firmly believe that violence cannot solve any problem. Violence only lead to more violence”. The written appeal also said that the outbreak of violence is unfortunate.
“Religious believers from both communities should understand that the religious sentiments of their communities can be misused by communal forces against each other”.
Kashmir divisional commissioner Basharat Dar read out His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s appeal, which called for immediate peace between the Buddhist and Muslim communities in Ladakh.
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