Minorities hounded across India: NC

Minorities hounded across India: NC
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NC pays tributes to Sheikh Nazir’s on 3rd anniversary

SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) on Saturday said minorities, especially Muslims, were being hounded across India as intolerance, communalism and bigotry was not only being openly patronised but also unabashedly advocated by various members of Parliament and even ministers belonging to a certain political party.
Addressing the commemorative function at party headquarters here, organised on the 3rd death anniversary of NC’s former general secretary Advocate Sheikh Nazir Ahmed, the senior leaders said the “rising tide of communalism and bigotry in the country was a cause of great concern” for Jammu and Kashmir and its people.
Senior party leaders including NC General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Party Vice President Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Mubarak Gul, Ali Muhammad Dar, Shameema Firdous, Abdul Majeed Bhat (Larmi), Dr Bashir Veeri, Provincial Secretary Advocate Showkat Mir, Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, Peer Muhammad Afaq, Ghulam Rasool Naaz, Mushtaq Ahmed Guroo, Muhammad Irfan Shah and Provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar paid glowing tributes to the Sheikh Nazir and said his “unparalleled contributions to not just the party but the people of the state would be remembered for all times to come”.
NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, while paying glowing tributes said the late leader stood for his principles all his life and chose his values and the service of the people over power and personal empowerment. “Nazir Sahib’s life is a story of sacrifice and dedication to serving the state and its people. He stood for the defence of our honour and our political rights till his last breath. These very values are under threat today both within the state and on account of powers that be in the country.”
“The opportunistic, PDP-BJP alliance has wreaked havoc with the sense of dignity of our state and PDP’s complete sell-out to BJP has amounted to a weakening of our political status and identity,” he said.
Sagar said “minorities, especially Muslims are being targeted and hounded across the length and breadth of the country and the atmosphere of intolerance and communalism is being fanned and patronised by those who have been entrusted with the trust to safeguard it”.
Earlier in the morning, senior party leaders and legislators led by Sagar and Nasir Aslam Wani offered Fateha Khawani for Sheikh Nazir at his ancestral graveyard at Malik Sahib, Soura.
On the occasion, NC provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani asked the state government especially the chief minister to “come clean on the assurances of swift and visible action in the Shopian killings case”.
“The chief minister owes it to the families of the victims to answer their questions and if she yet again has sold out to the BJP to remain in the CM’s chair – she should openly say so publicly and stop fooling the people of the State with her theatrics,” Wani said.
The NC leaders lashed out at CM and the government over the “non-serious and chaotic” handling of the heart-wrenching rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.
“It seems the CM had succumbed to pressure to inhibit the pace of the investigation. While the BJP wants the case to be handed over to the CBI, CM and her ministers have offered precious little beyond lip service and rhetoric,” they said.
“We stand in complete solidarity with the family of the victim and also express serious concern over the systemic harassment and targeting of the Gujjar and Bakerwal community,” NC leaders said. “The chief minister has failed the victim’s family and also the people of the state due to her inaction and lack of courage to deliver justice.”