SRINAGAR, Dec 4: National Conference today paid glowing tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 112th birth anniversary, which falls tomorrow.
NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah, working president Omar Abdullah and senior party leaders, functionaries and legislators highlighted Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s legacy of sacrifices and statesmanship while pledging to fulfill his mission of restoring the political rights and honour of the State and its people.
Commemorative functions will be held across the State with major functions organized at Qaid Mazaar at Naseem Bagh in Srinagar and at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan in Jammu. Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah will offer Fateha at Qaid Mazaar at Naseem Bagh in Srinagar on Tuesday morning in presence of party leaders, workers and activists.
While paying tributes, Farooq Abdullah said Sher-e-Kashmir’s struggles and sacrifices for the dignity of this State and its people need to be emulated to take the State out of the throes of divisive politics and sinister plans of political disempowerment. “Sher-e-Kashmir’s life was a valiant story of selfless leadership. He fought for the political rights and dignity of his people till his last breath. He chose prison over power for his people and it is this sense of sacrifice and courage that needs to be instilled in our youth for the future of our State. Sher-e-Kashmir’s call for inclusiveness and secularism needs to be heard in every town and village of the State today – at a time when political forces are trying their best to divide the people of the State on the basis of region and religion”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said.
In his message, Omar Abdullah said “Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s legacy denotes the State’s high traits of pluralistic ethos and inclusiveness. He nurtured and strengthened this characteristic and cemented the bonds of love between various sections of the society and different regions of the State. His ultimate goal was the political and economic empowerment of the common man and the equitable development of the State. His vision of Naya Kashmir encompassed holistic and comprehensive development of all sections and all regions of the State without any favour or discrimination.”
Senior NC leaders including Ali Mohammad Sagar, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Nasir Aslam Wani, Abdul Rahim Rather, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Mian Altaf, Mohammad Shafi Uri and others also paid tributes to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his birth anniversary.