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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Amritsar, July 20, 2013
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is likely to attend the annual candlelight vigil at the Wagah border on the night of August 14 and 15, which is part of the Hindi Pak Mitrata (friendship) Mela. The CM gave an indication to this effect to a six-member delegation of the Folklore Research Academy that met him in Srinagar on Friday and extended an invitation to attend the function at Wagah.

The delegation comprised academy president Ramesh Yadav, Rajinder Singh Ruby and others.
In a statement issued here on Saturday after his return from Srinagar, Yadav said that the chief minister readily accepted their invitation and promised to make it to Wagah.

The candlelight vigil is organised every year, both by Indians and Pakistanis at Wagah to strengthen Indo-Pak relations and also to pay homage to those who died during the 1947 riots that followed the Partition.

Prior to the function at Wagah, the Hind Pak Mitrata Mela will commence with a cultural programme at Springdale School here. It would be organised by the Springdale Educational Society. The following day, a seminar on Indo-Pakistan relations will be held at Guru Nanak Dev University. Thereafter, on the night of August 14-15, the peaceniks will proceed to Wagah for the candlelight vigil.

The function at Wagah is jointly organised by noted journalist Kuldip Nayar's Hind Pak Dosti Manch, Folklore Academy, Puranjyot, Punjab Jagriti Manch and SAFMA (South Asia Free Media Association).