NC stands for Hindu-Muslim-Sikh unity: Rana

4th death anniversary of Sheikh Nazir observed

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 24: National Conference today gave a clarion call for upholding, promoting and sustaining the secular ethos of the state, saying any deviation will be against the very idea of Jammu and Kashmir.
“J&K is synonymous to Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Esai Itehad and this forms political philosophy of National Conference for which its towering leaders gave innumerable sacrifices”, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana said while leading the party workers in paying tribute to Sheikh Nazir Ahmed, the former General Secretary, on his fourth death anniversary at a function, held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this morning.
Rana recalled the pioneering role of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah in strengthening bonds of amity and brotherhood, saying his unflinching faith in inclusiveness was a crucial factor in galvanizing the people in the Valley to stand like a rock in preserving communal amity and unity during most horrendous days of the Partition when communal frenzy engulfed the sub-continent. In that scary situation, Mahatma Gandhi had seen a ray of hope emanating from Kashmir, he said adding that these attributes of the state were seen in immense measure in Jammu post 1990 disturbed conditions when this city rose to the occasion and became second home for the people in distress.
“We have to uphold this spirit of Jammu by isolating microscopic minority of those showing signs of intolerance to this ethos”, Rana said while lauding the people in general for demonstrating high degree of resilience in meeting challenges. In the recent days too this spirit dominated and helped in restoration of normality the in situation which had got vitiated by rumour mongering, he maintained.
The Provincial President dwelt upon various facets of the selfless services rendered by Sheikh Nazir Ahmed, a firm believer in secularism and unity of the state, and said he remained a strength and motivating force behind the National Conference cadre.
Paying his tributes, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal described Sheikh Nazir as a selfless leader who stood for high values in politics and public life.
State Secretary Rattan Lal Gupta recalled the great contribution of the late leader in strengthening National Conference in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh, and making it a vibrant force.
Earlier, floral tributes were paid to Sheikh Nazir Ahmed and all religious prayers were held for eternal peace to the departed soul. Quran Khawani was held in memory of the late leader which was organized.