Says prominent Sikh leaders, youth have joined the party
SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has termed the braid chopping incidents as direct attack on Kashmiri ethos and a brazen attempt to undermine universal culture of respect for womanhood.
“Entire society owes it to women as a whole that it rises against any kind of coercion committed against them,” PDP’s senior vice president Sartaj Madni said at a function organised in honour of new-entrants to party, on Sunday.
Madni called upon conscientious class in general and party cadres in particular to maintain vigil against the braid chopping trend and seek an end to it through people’s cooperation.
“It is our moral responsibility that society is saved from unpleasant impositions of all kinds and discourage actions which tend to take away the assets of human behaviour like dignified behavior and decency,” he said.
Madni said Jammu Kashmir has badly suffered in terms of loss of lives and property in violence of decades but “greater suffering is witnessed now in loss of moral values which if allowed to continue will not be forgiven by posterity”. “Let us get our act together to see that society is not fragmented and values don’t get undermined,” he said while making a fervent appeal for harmony and decent behaviour.
Welcoming dozens of respectable members from Sikh Community into the party fold and dozens of other youth who joined PDP at party headquarters on Sunday, Madni reiterated PDP’s commitment for “relentless struggle to uphold dignity, mutual brotherhood and above all the level plain field for all sections of society in granting the political space to people”. He said PDP has undergone testing times and adversaries have left no stone unturned in showing the party down but the leadership exhibited both restraint and confidence in showing its hands clean.
“That is why people didn’t lose faith and believe that PDP alone will change the political discourse in the region,” he said.
“Like Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who wrote a golden period of development and political emancipation in the state from 2002 to 2005, his successor Mehbooba Mufti will also prove her adversaries wrong through her sincerity of purpose and urge for struggle,” Madani said. “Your joining of PDP is an endorsement to Mufti Sahib’s vision and Mehboobaji’s sincerity to serve the people of the state without bias or compromise.”
Speaking on the occasion, party’s general secretary Nizamuddin Bhat said people continue to retain faith in PDP leadership and its agenda and party’s every political decision is open to public scrutiny. “People are the best judges. PDP cadre has a proven record of honest and people-friendly politics.’
“Resolution of all issues is possible only if stake holders come to a consensus and that can happen through reconciliation and not confrontation,” Bhat said.
Senior party leader and MLC Mohmmad Khurshid Aalam in his address to new entrants advised them to contribute to PDP’s politics of “inclusiveness” and help the leadership in further strengthening the party so that state is made self-reliant and an ideal centre for peace.
Amanjeet Singh, Kanwarjoot Singh and Amrinder Singh were among the prominent Sikh leaders who spoke on the occasion. Dr Imtizaj and Majid Khan expressed their resolve to work for public good and serve PDP’s cause.