Sheikh's birth anniversary today

Governor, CM, Dr Farooq, Others Pay Tributes


Srinagar, Dec 4: The 107th birth anniversary of National Conference founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah will be observed on Wednesday with the main function scheduled to be held at his mausoleum at Hazratbal here.
Fateha Khawni, Quran Khawni and floral tributes will be paid to Sheikh on the occasion. The function at Hazratbal will start at 9:30 a.m where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and other senior leaders are expected to be present.
Governor N N Vohra, Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have paid rich tributes to the late leader.
The Governor recalled Sheikh’s important contribution towards the all-round development of the State. “He was among the tallest leaders of his time in the country who worked with eminent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for strengthening the values of secularism and democracy,” Vohra said in his message.
Describing Sheikh as a far seeing politician, the Governor recalled his commitment to safeguarding the pluralistic ethos of the State at the time of partition when communal frenzy had engulfed the country.
He also referred to the historic land reforms and schemes like Rehbar-i-Sehat and single line administration introduced by Sheikh Abdullah, which helped in placing the State on the path of growth and development. The Governor said the best way of remembering Sheikh would be to work with a missionary zeal to strengthen the State’s deep rooted secular traditions and restoring the bonds of communal harmony, brotherhood and amity for ensuring peace, progress and prosperity in the State.
NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also paid rich tributes to Sheikh stating that he took revolutionary steps for the entire State.
Various NC leaders while paying glowing tributes to the party founder said that “Sheikh denotes the State's high qualities of pluralistic ethos and communal harmony.”
In a statement, the party leaders said Sheikh always spread the message of peace. “Sheikh was a statesman par excellence who had compassion in his heart and a great intellect of the mind and carried this with great humility,” the statement said. The NC leaders further said that Sheikh was the aspiration of people of J&K and symbol of unity and amity. “He nurtured and strengthened this characteristic and cemented the bonds of love between various sections of the society and different regions of the State,” the statement said.
The NC leaders who paid tributes are Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Chowdhary Muhammad Ramzan, Peerzada Ahmed Shah, Mubarak Gul, Ali Muhammad Dar, Tanvir Sadiq, Irfan Shah, Peer Afaq, Yaseen Shah and Daramveer Singh Oberio.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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