Farooq Abdullah offers congregational Friday prayers at Hazratbal

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Srinagar: The National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday offered congregational Friday prayers at Hazratbal shrine here and prayed for the everlasting peace and prosperity to Jammu and Kashmir.

“Abdullah paid obeisance at the Hazratbal shrine and prayed to salvage the people of Jammu & Kashmir from the present tumultuous times,” the statement said.

The NC president also took stock of the Milad arrangements at the shrine and impressed upon the administration to ensure all facilities to the devotees during observance days.

Abdullah also paid tributes to Shah Asrar-ud-din Baghdadi (RA) on the eve of ongoing Urs celebrations at his shrine in Kishtawar. While paying tributes to the revered saint, he said, “The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been a cradle of Sufis and sages. We owe the age-old tradition of tolerance to such great personalities. I express my heartfelt greeting to the people of Kistawar in particular and the people of the state in general on the Urs observance of Shah Sahib (RA).”

“I take this opportunity to congratulate the people of Kistawar for maintaining communal bonhomie during the most trying times,” he said.

Abdullah, the statement reads, also paid tributes to Sir Muhammad Iqbal on his birth anniversary. The NC president in his message said that Alama is for all times. “He was a great philosophical poet and thinker. Sher-e-Kashmir had long association with the celebrated poet and both were concerned about the apathetic condition of Kashmiris under the then autocratic regime,” he said.