SRINAGAR (Agencies) - Thousands of Kashmiris in the Indian-occupied region danced and cheered during a rare concert by a top Pakistani rock band on Sunday, the biggest musical event here in decades. The five-member Sufi band "Junoon", which claims a huge South Asian fan base, enthralled concert-goers on the banks of Dal Lake, where Indian musician Ravi Shankar is rumoured to have taught Beatle George Harrison how to play the sitar in the 1960s. Young women danced and clapped as the band's lead singer Salman Ahmed sang Sufi songs in the Urdu language. The venue in Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar was closely guarded by Indian security forces to thwart any attacks by the freedom fighters, who had opposed the event. Salman recalled how he had tried to visit Occupied Kashmir many times in the past decade, only to be told "next time" by sponsors. "This is the 10-year-long tryst with destiny that today Junoon is with you," he said during the show as he stood on a specially-designed stage. APHC leader Syed Ali Geelani last week called for a boycott of the show since "Kashmir was a disputed area." A few Pakistani singers and musicians visited Kashmir last year, but Sunday's event was the first one on a large scale. "It is great to see music healing wounds in Kashmir and propagating friendship between India and Pakistan," said Mehnaz Ali, a 21-year-old female student. Prasad Rao, whose non-governmental South Asia Foundation (SAF) organised the event, said the concert was aimed at encouraging regional cooperation and peace. Chandrika Kumaratunga, a former president of Sri Lanka who heads her country's SAF chapter, added: "This is the best way to promote peace."