Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday expressed gratitude to people of Srinagar-Budgam constituency for reposing their faith in him, saying that he will earnestly represent the aspirations of the people of the state in the parliament.
Party president while underscoring the need of securing the Secular character of the country said, “We have to fight for the protection of the secular visage of the country. Moreover, the mammoth task before us to put up a strong front against such forces as is inimical to the special status of the state. We will spare no effort towards protecting Art 370, Art 35-A. The other enormous task ahead of us is to protect the ideals of the constitution of India. I take this opportunity to thank the people of Srinagar in particular; I thank party functionaries and workers.”
While hoping that the new dispensation at the center would initiate a dialogue with Pakistan he said, “I hope that the new government at center will do justice with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I hope that the new government at the center will follow the policy of reconciliation and rapprochement in the state. We saw how our youth were devoured upon and blinded in the past five years; we have to have a policy in place to look after such people as have been affected by the conflict. Every time there is a confrontation between India and Pakistan, it is our state that comes in the line of fire. It is our state that would straightly benefit from the bonhomie between India and Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, the Party president also paid a visit to Asaar- e- Sharief Hazratbal. Dr Farooq while paying obeisance at the shrine prayed for peace and prosperity of the state. He later visited the last resting place of Sher- e- Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah at Mazar- e- Qaid, where he offered Fatiha and paid homage at the epitaph of Sher e Kashmir and Madr- e- Meharban. Among others party vice president Omar Abdullah, General secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional general secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, senior leaders Muhammad Akbar lone, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Abdul Rahim Rather, Sakina Itoo, Mubarak Gul, Ali Muhammad Dar, Dr Bashir Veeri, party chief spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Shameema Firdous, Tanvir Sadiq, Salman Ali Sagar, Imran Nabi Dar, Ahsan Pardesi, Mushtaq Guroo, Sabiya Qadri, Mudassar Shahmiri congratulated the party president on his win from the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency.
Meanwhile, Dr Farooq also congratulated Muhammad Akbar Lone, Justice Masoodi for their victory from Baramulla and Anantnag constituencies. Party rank and file has alone congratulated the party’s triumphant candidates from Baramulla and Anantnag Parliamentary constituencies.