MIRPUR (AJK)-The inaugural session of 'Third Kashmir International Conference on Linguistics' was held under the auspice of the University of AJK on Monday.

AJK President Masood Khan said that turbulent Kashmir needs preservation of its linguistic and cultural heritage. He said that the military and armed adventures of India could not break the resolve of the people of Kashmir and their commitment to an amiable and peaceful resolution of the much delayed Kashmir issue through the language of peace, harmony and connectivity.

The AJK president said that India must avoid the language of confrontation, aggression and suppression and must come to the table of dialogue, and the international community should also explore the language of peace to help resolve the issue according to the aspiration of the people of Kashmir. The chief guest also reminded the audience of the horrendous situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir, particularly condemning the recent detention, gang-rape and mutilation of the eight-year-old innocent girl.

In his welcome address, Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi apprised the audience of the role of UAJK in educating more than half a million youth of the State since its inception.

Chief Organiser Dr Ayesha Sohail briefed the gathering on the conference objectives. More than 150 delegates hailing from the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Japan, Jammu and Kashmir and across Pakistan and AJK are participating in biennial conference.

The conference was viewed as a timely initiative for language and cultural preservation in the wake of globalisation.