Observing that army was protecting citizens and improving their quality of life, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (Retd) SK Sinha on Friday said the government was committed to end the ongoing violence and steer the state to peace.
"Terrorists have killed 20,000 civilians during the past decade and a half. They have scant regard for human values and do not even spare the people on festivals like Eid", Sinha said at a function held in Baramulla, 55 km from Srinagar.
He said October 27 is being observed as martyrs day to pay homage to people who saved the valley from Pakistan-backed militants.
Sinha said the valley has undergone turbulence in the past 17 years but the things are changing. "A wind of change is blowing," he said while emphasising the need for friendly relations between India and Pakistan.
He said good neighbourly relations will ultimately benefit the people of the sub-continent.
Sinha lauded the Army for protecting citizens and improving their quality of life through various civic programme.
He said army was maintaining high degree of restraint during anti-militancy operations in the state.
Whenever any complaint of human rights violation is received, immediate cognisance is taken to bring the guilty to book.
Sinha said in a democracy, all limbs of the executive even the army have a great role to play in providing all amenities and sense of security to the people."We are taking all measures to ensure this at all the levels", he maintained.