December 2016 News

'Sheikh Abdullah Saved JK In 1947', Mehbooba

5 December 2016
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said former Chief Minister Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah saved J&K in 1947 by going against the tide as he had a conviction in his decision. 'Sheikh Sahab was tallest leader who always led from the front,' Mehbooba said addressing a gathering at SKIMS on the anniversary of Sheikh which is observed as the foundation day of the institute. She said Abdullah was one of the few leaders who would always lead from the front and swim against the tide. 'That is what he did in 1947 to keep intact the diversity of Jammu and Kashmir. Sheikh Sahab had conviction and commitment to his decision. He had commitment to go against the tide when entire country was fighting on communal lines,' said Mehbooba. Then, Mehbooba said, again in 1975 Abdullah had courage and vision to 'swim against the tide and choice of people.' 'He had a vision and 22 years later (post-1953 plebiscite movement) he could see the situation had changed in the subcontinent and realized that he needed to change his decision,' Mehbooba said. 'He gave us democratic set-up,' said Mehbooba. She said SKIMS was biggest contribution of Sheikh Abdullah to the State even as she praised the National Conference founder for infusing a slew of reforms to governance structure in Jammu and Kashmir. The SKIMS was conceived as an idea in 1978 for providing quality treatment to patients within J&K. Paying tribute to Abdullah, Mehbooba said he had brought many reforms like land to tiller and focused on spreading education in the state. 'Education is another contribution from Sheikh Sahab. The greatest tribute to him will be to ensure that we pursue education to best of our means and dedicate ourselves for the service of people,' said Mehbooba. The Chief Minister said though she didn't knew Abdullah personally she had 'great respect' for the National Conference founder. 'My father had very high regard and respect for Sheikh Sahab though they were the worst critics of each other,' said Mehbooba.