Despite Jinnah's Popularity, Kashmiris Sided With Sheikh, Acceded To India: Mufti

9 October 2015
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Naseem

Srinagar: A day after BJP MLAs assaulted MLA Langate Engineer Rashid in Assembly, the lower house of legislature Friday passed a resolution to maintain communal harmony in the state. The resolution was proposed by former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, Omar Abdullah, during Zero Hour today. Referring to yesterday's assault on Rashid by BJP members, he said the incident was not the real face of the Jammu and Kashmir. 'The whole world and entire country talked about the assault on Rashid. We need to reject extremism,' Omar said adding the popular slogan in the State was the Hindu-Muslim unity. He said atmosphere in the State has taken such a turn that the government was forced to stop the internet service in Jammu and situation has been tense in Udhampur. 'Jammu and Kashmir is the torch bearer of peace,' Omar said. Seconding Omar's resolution, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said the state is at the cross-roads of history and has to become the 'epitiome of secularism, pluralism and tolerance.' Praising NC founder and former Prime Minister, Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah, he said, 'He created political space for the mainstream politicians and introduced good governance measure in the state to speed up development'. CM said Shiekh Abdullah took some major initiatives and introduced the single line administration. 'He would personally hear the grievances of the people and settle them.' He lauded former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, for bringing Shiekh Abdullah to power, who chose to accede with secular India. Mufti said though Pakistani founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was popular, however people of Kashmir sided with NC leader and chose to accede with Indian Union. 'When Mohammad Ali Jinnah came to Kashmir, the whole of state stood up and conveyed to him that our path was different,' he said.' While rejecting the politics of extremism, Mufti said NC founder believed in ' inclusive development.' 'After Sheikh Saab assumed power, the state saw good governance and transparency and a space was created for leaders like me and Tarigami'. He described the transition of Muslim Conference into National Conference in 1938 as the turning point in the state's history. 'For India to become a leading world power, the political leadership in the country would have to win the 'hearts and minds of the minorities, particularly Muslims whose population is over 17 crores,' he said. The resolution unanimously passed by the Assembly read that the House reiterates the firm faith of people of state in age old tradition of secularism and tolerance.