In Srinagar, the Republic Day function passed off peacefully at the heavily-guarded Bakshi stadium where rural development Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar took the salute amid an audience of around 300 people.
The minister reiterated the call of chief minister Omar Abdullah for separatists to join dialogue. He denounced gun culture, saying it has 'only brought destruction to this place (Kashmir)'. "No issue can be solved by guns," Sagar said in his speech at the stadium, which was sealed days ahead of the function. Civilian movement in the area was heavily restricted.