JAMMU, Aug 3: Expressing concern over unprecedented situation leading to the restriction of two important pilgrimages of Shri Amarnath Ji in the Valley and Machail Mata in Kishtwar, National Conference today called for initiation of effective and immediate measures to instill confidence among the people by defusing the atmosphere of uncertainty and appealed to the people to maintain communal harmony, brotherhood and uphold secular values, a resolution adopted at an emergent meeting of senior National Conference leaders held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon stated.
Provincial President Devender Singh Rana presided over the meeting, attended among others by senior leaders Ajay Sadhotra and Surjeet Singh Slathia.
“Circulation of various communications in public domain through various social media platforms and the advisory to pilgrims and tourists to leave the Valley, has given rise to uncertainty and needs to be contained” they said.
The senior leaders expressed concern over unchecked rumors, having potential of vitiating the atmosphere and stressed the crucial need for taking the people into confidence on the obtaining situation.
National Conference urged the people of Jammu to maintain time tested communal harmony and brotherhood. They exuded confidence that the inheritors of the glorious ethos of Jammu – the Dogras will rise to the occasion again and demonstrate their unflinching faith in regional and communal harmony. “This has been our greatest strength and valuable treasure’, they maintained.
The National Conference leaders made a passionate appeal to the people, irrespective of regional and religious affiliations, to maintain peace and calm.
“The administration must shoulder the responsibility of ending the ambiguity that has shattered peace and tranquility in the state”, the leaders added.
They also urged the people to facilitate the safe return of Amarnathji pilgrims, by showing the hospitality and warmth they are known for.
The National Conference leaders also urged the political parties to demonstrate unity at this crucial juncture and work towards defusing the situation that is extremely worrisome.
Prominent among those present in the meeting included Rattan Lal Gupta, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Th. Rachpal Singh, Dr Kamal Arora, Vijay Bakaya, Th. Kashmira Singh, Babu Rampal, Dr Gagan Bhagat, Jugal Mahajan, Master Noor Hussain, Dr Chaman Lal Bhagat, S. Gurdeep Singh Sassan, Haji Mohammad Hussain, Satwant Kour Dogra, Swarn Lata, Anil Dhar, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal,S. Surinder Singh Bunty, Ashok Singh Manhas, Som Nath Khajuria, Ch Rehmat Ali, Rita Gupta, Dilshad Malik, Abdul Gani Teli, Vijay Lochan, Sardar Sucha Singh, G.H. Malik, Dr Gafoor, Master Saleem,Raj Kapoor, Rashida Begum, Ashutosh Bali, Rohit Kerni, Som Raj Taroch, Zameer Qureshi, Vishal Gupta, Jagdish Sodi, M.K. Yogi, Ashok Dogra, Mohd Aslam, Pardeep Bali, S. Tejinder Singh, Iftikhar Choudhary, Shabir Ahmed, Rinku Arora.