STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: On 114th birth anniversary of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, National Conference on Thursday resolved to uphold the ideals of the great visionary leader, who worked tirelessly all his life to uphold secular, pluralistic, democratic, muliti-ethnic and multi linguistic ethos of Jammu and Kashmir and strived for empowerment of down-trodden and marginalized segments of the society while continuously endeavouring for strengthening the various institutions and taking governance to grassroots level. Leading senior leaders and workers in paying tribute to Sheikh Sahib at a function held at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this morning, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana said the leader of the masses rejected the two-nation theory of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and tied destiny of Jammu and Kashmir with Gandhiji’s secular India because of his unflinching commitment to secularism and democracy. He recalled the great role of the tallest leader of the Indian sub-continent in transforming Muslim Conference into National Conference, as he firmly believed in taking all segments of the inclusive society along. On this occasion, National Conference adopted a unanimous resolution urging the Centre to win the hearts and minds of people in Jammu and Kashmir by reaching out to them and understanding their aspirations. The resolution demanded release of all political leaders including three former chief ministers. Rana expressed grave concern over continued detention of the National Conference leadership for four months now, saying slapping of Public Safety Act on Dr Farooq Abdullah, one of the towering leaders of the country, is most unfortunate, painful and highly deplorable. Referring to the overall political situation post abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A, Rana said a call regarding future strategy would be taken by the working committee of the party, over 60 per cent members of which are currently under detention. He said no party functionary is accredited to dwell upon these issues. The Provincial President sought adequate funds for effective functioning of Panchayats and adequate powers to Block Development Councils for achieving the overall objective of rural development. He demanded the status of Minister of State for BDC Chairpersons, saying this will enable them to effectively monitor and ensure implementation of various schemes and programmes. He also demanded restoration of internet services across Jammu and Kashmir, saying lack of facility has adversely impacted traders, students, professionals and all other segments of society. The homage giving function started with all-religion prayers offered by Rattan Lal Gupta, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, Gurdeep Singh Sasan and Satwant Kour Dogra besides Waris Gill. Provincial Secretary Sheikh Bashir conducted the homage-giving function. Among those who paid floral tributes to Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah included Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Slathia, Rattan Lal Gupta, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, Th Rachpal Singh, Abdul Gani Malik, Jugal Mahajan, Th Kashmira Singh, Babu Ram Pal, Ajaz Jan, Qazi Jalal Ud Din, Dr Kamal Arora, Bimla Luthra, Vijay Laxami Dutta, Bashir Ahmed Wani, Satwant Kour Dogra, Swaran Lata, Deepinder Kour, Bushan Lal Bhat, Master Noor Hussain, Haji Mohammed Hussain, Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Choudhry Haroon, Mohinder Singh, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Mohinder Gupta, Pradeep Bali, Vijay Lochan, Abdul Gani Teli, S.S Bunty, Dilshad Malik, G.H Malik, Tarsem Khullar, Som Nath Khajuria, Ch Rehmat Ali, Chander Udhay Singh, Farooq Mughal, Rita Gupta, Rashida Begum, Daljeet Sharma, Nar Singh, Dharshan Singh Azad, Ch Arshad, Amrit Varsha, Sandeep Singh, Riyaz Malik, Choudhry Iftikhar, Dr. Gaffor, Kuldeep Kour, Zeeshan Rana, Ravi Dogra, Rohit Bali, Yashuvardhan Singh, Jatin Bhat, Dr Tara Chand, Rohit Kerni, Somraj Taroch, Balwinder Singh, Sucha Singh, Ashok Singh Manhas, Ashok Dogra, Subash Bhagat, Dr Aamina Sheikh, Hasina Begum, Balwan Singh, Devi Dayal Jogi, Charanjeer Singh Bhagat, Tejinder Singh, Nirmal Singh, Pritpal Singh, Waris Gill and Arvind Singh Jamwal. Earlier Quran Khwani was organized by G.H Malik at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan. Fruits and eatables were also distributed at Vridh Ashram at Amphalla, Jammu by a team led by Ajay Sadhotra and Rattan Lal Gupta.
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