Senior separatist leader and Chairman of National Front Nayeem Ahmed Khan has expressed pain and anguish over the loss of life and property in devastating floods which hit Jammu Kashmir.
In a statement here Khan appreciated the patience and courage shown by the people at this crucial juncture and hailed the youth for playing a pivotal role in rescuing the marooned people.
“People have suffered huge losses and are not able to come at terms with life. The devastation caused by floods is huge. We have lost precious lives. Property worth billions has been damaged and private sector has almost vanished,” Khan said.
He expressed solidarity with the flood hit people of the state and hoped that Kashmir would rise again. “I visited many areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Pulwama, Islamabad and Kulgam districts. In many villages houses have been washed off, and the yield of farmers including crops and fruits, have been destroyed.”
The National Front Chairman hailed the younger generation of Kashmir for leading from the front and setting up an example. “In every nook and corner of the Valley youngsters put their lives at stake and saved the women, children and aged people. Entire Kashmiri nation salutes their courage,” he added.
Khan described floods as “national tragedy” and appealed people to come forward and help each other. “The areas which were not inundated turned into island of hope for the flood victims. At many places people threw their homes open for all and arranged whatever they could for the victims. Kashmiris standing by each other at this crucial juncture has proved that we are one,”he added.
Khan urged international organizations to come forward and help Kashmiris in this hour of need. “We need every possible help and hope that international community will come forward to help us to rebuild Kashmir,” he added.
Khan said, “One hopes that no one tries to derive political mileage out of this tragedy. It’s time for us to leave our political differences aside and work towards building a new Kashmir.”