Veeri says, ‘Leaders like Mufti Aren’t Born Overnight’



A R Veeri
A R Veeri

Paying rich tributes to former Chief Minister, Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed during the obituary reference in the House, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and R&B, Abdul Rehman Veeri said that “leaders like Mufti Sahib aren’t born overnight”.

“Mufti sahib was an institution and he was never bothered about chair and power. He always believed in integrity, honesty and upright politics,” Veeri said.

“If the leader is dynamic he can change the fate of the nation and such was Mufti sahib’s vision towards the State that whatever decision he would take would prove his greatness,” he said.

Recalling his association with the late chief minister, Veeri said that he has grown under Mufti’s patronage. “I have all along remained under the patronage of this great leader, who is being remembered by all the parties today,” he said. “From being a small-time political worker to this level, I have been an honest student of his politics,” he said. He said it was “very tough time for him and his party to fulfil the void that the late chief minister has left”.

He said, “throughout his life Mufti worked for the welfare and development, besides peace and prosperity of the State.  When the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Kashmir valley in 2002, Mufti Sahib’s only demand to the PM was: give my people a respectable and peaceful life.”

He said that it was the result of the “honest” efforts of late Mufti that peace process started between two neighbouring nations India and Pakistan, due to which many historical and landmark decision were taken including opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, opening of Poonch-Rawlakoot road etc.

Pointing towards opposition, Veeri said, “You can have differences with Mufti Sahib but he can’t be ignored in the political history of the State.”

“Mufti Sahib would be remembered for all times to come for his pro-people approach,” he said.

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