SRINAGAR: National Conference on Tuesday paid tributes to party founder, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 113th birth anniversary. National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, Vice President Omar Abdullah, senior party leaders and functionaries highlighted NC founder’s legacy of statesmanship while pledging to fulfill his mission of restoring the political rights and honour of the state and its people.
NC President, Farooq Abdullah said, “Sher-e-Kashmir’s struggles and sacrifices for the dignity of this state and its people need to be emulated to take the state out of the throes of divisive politics and sinister plans of political disempowerment,” a spokesperson quoting Farooq in a statement issued here said.
At a time when communal forces were “trying their best to divide the people of the state on the basis of region and religion”, Farooq Abdullah said his (Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s) call for ‘inclusiveness and secularism” needed to be heard in every town and village of the state today.
In his message, NC Vice President, Omar Abdullah said his (Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s) legacy “denotes the state’s high traits of pluralistic ethos and inclusiveness”, the spokesperson in the statement said.
Omar said, “His ultimate goal was the political and economic empowerment of the common man and the equitable development of the state,” adding that his vision of ‘Naya Kashmir’ encompassed holistic and comprehensive development of all sections and all regions of the state “without any favour or discrimination”.
Senior NC leaders also paid tributes to Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his birth anniversary, he added.