July 2019 News

Mushrooming Of Political Outfits In Kashmir To Divide Muslims: Farooq

6 July 2019
Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said his party won't allow any changes in the demography of the state, and called for unity to protect the interest of Muslims. He said this while addressing a public gathering at Kulipura in Nowpura locality of Srinagar. 'There are forces whose sole agenda is to dilute the very pluralistic fabric of our state. It was PDP that allowed the fascists to make inroads in our state. Unfortunately such forces as are inimical to the identity of our state are using local henchmen to pursue their agenda. The mushrooming of political outfits in the valley is also suggestive of the nefarious agenda of such forces as want to demean and divide the voice of the people particularly Muslims,' he said. 'Unfortunately, no powerful Muslim voice was allowed to surface on the political landscape of India, what is happening in Kashmir cannot be singled out. Sher-e-Kashmir had prophesised that after his death, one-man political outfits will be propped up in every nook and corner of the state. The main agenda of the right wing extremists is to eliminate the powerful voice of the Muslims in the state.' Dr Farooq while underscoring the need of having a popularly elected government in the state said, 'Today we see a group of people at the helm of affairs in our state that are not representative in character. How can few advisors of SAC rise up to the expectations of the people of the state? Today we see how miserably the common population is being treated. The disdain with which the people are being treated speaks volumes about the contempt the incumbent governor administration has for the local population. On one hand honorable governor says that the Yatra would not have been possible without the active support of the local population but on the other hand the same lot of people is subjected to collective detention through highway curbs. Nowhere in the world is the civilian population treated in such a discourteous manner. Had there been a civilian government in place, situation would have been much different today,' he said. 'Today our institutions, our very identity, the territorial integrity of our state is under threat from forces as have traditionally wanted to obliterate and dissolve our special character. Economically the state is facing a grim situation, the other day the Annual budget had nothing in its kitty for the state. The much touted PM's package also turned out to be damp squib,' he said. He said the people of the state have to make a choice now. 'On one hand we have NC that has historically lent sacrifices for the protection of the identity of the state. And on the other hand we have contemporary Bakshi's and Sadiq's who are adding colours to the nefarious designs of the forces as are inimical to our state. The need of the hour requires us to show unity. We should not let ourselves get overwhelmed by the prejudices of caste, creed, sect, etc,'he said. Farooq while underscoring the need of forging unity said, 'The plight of our fellow Muslim brother elsewhere in the world is equally depressing. The agony of Muslims in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan is not hidden from anyone. The forces as are inimical to the interests of Muslim world are unfortunately thriving on the wedge among the Muslims across the world. It is high time for us to shun sectarian prejudices. Above and beyond we should strictly follow the teaching of Holy Quran and the Prophet of Islam Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). We should imbue our lives with the teachings of the companions of holy prophet (PBUH) and that of the Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS).' Meanwhile, the party president visited the residence of late Munshi Ghulam Hassan and expressed solidarity with the grief stricken. Party president participated in the Majlis of Fatiha Khawani at his residence. He prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the grief stricken family to bear the inconsolable loss.