Srinagar, 8 Sept: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President, Member of Parliament Dr.Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Mr. Omar Abdullah on Wednesday led party functionaries in offering Fatiha and floral tributes at the final resting place of Sher-e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah on his 39th death anniversary at Qaid Mazar Hazratbal.
Among scores of other party functionaries, delegates and workers Party General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, party Treasurer Shammi Oberoi, Senior leaders Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mubarak Gul, Shameema Firdous, MP Anantnag Hassnain Masoodi, Nazir Ahmed Khan Gurezi, Mir Saifullah, Irfan Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Syed Akhoon, Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri, Ali Mohammad Dar, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, Abdul Majeed Bhat Larmi, Peer Afaq Ahmed, Qaisar Jamsheed Lone, Javed Dar, Ghulam Mohiuddin Mir, Mir Ghulam Rasool Naaz, Syed Tauqeer Ahmed, Dr. Sajad Shafi Uri, Tanvir Sadiq, Imran Nabi Dar, Salman Sagar, Mudassar Shahmiri, Ahsan Pardesi, Ifra Jan, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Pir Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Mustafa Sofi, Shabir Ahmed Kullay, Er. Sabiya Qadri, Mohammad Yaqoob Wani, Shafqat Watali, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Manzoor Wani, JS Azad Nisar Ahmad Nisar, newly elected block presidents, YNC functionaries also offered floral tributes and Fatiha on the occasion.
The leaders while offering glowing tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir said that he was one of the titans of the freedom movement for the restoration of people’s democratic rights. Party Leaders pledged to offer every sacrifice for upholding and preserving the rights of the people of J&K. Defending, upholding and preserving the unity of the people of J&k will be a befitting tribute to Sher-e-Kashmir, said the party leaders while paying tributes to Baba-e-Quom Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah. The life and struggle of Sher-e-Kashmir, the functionaries said, was emblematic of people’s genuine aspirations and that on his anniversary the best tribute to him would be to tread the path which he had left behind for all of us to follow.
Lauding his vision of discarding communal politics, Party leaders said Sheikh Sahib’s ideals have universal acceptance. He wished for a society where equal opportunities are available to all, irrespective of religion, region, caste, creed or color, the party leaders said. Recalling the immense contribution of Sheikh Sahib, like revolutionary Land Reforms Act, Single Line Administration, free education, adult franchise, party leaders said that after independence, the state rose to achieve new heights in terms of human development index and that the overall growth of the state on other vital development indices was also far ahead of other states in the country.
The leaders said that the feat could not have been achieved had not a leader of Sheikh Sahib’s stature been around. They asserted that Sher-e-Kashmir endeavors towards maintaining communal harmony at a time when the entire subcontinent was swayed by communal frenzy; it was in his efforts that Mahatma Gandhi had said that he sees a ray of hope in Kashmir.
Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah belonged to a tribe of leaders, who not just liberated the people from the shackles of bondage but also ensured evenhanded development of all sections of society post independence by investing heavily in gender neutral education, participatory grass roots level development, the functionaries added.