National Conference Vice President, Omar Abdullah on Thursday chaired a meeting of the party's north zone functionaries at party headquarters here.
A statement said Omar discussed the party affairs with the functionaries and office bearers. Issues concerning people were also discussed on the occasion, said the statement. "We are in an unprecedented situation, which calls for a unified approach based on compassion and the spirit of togetherness, the trademark of our politics," Omar told the participants.
He appreciated the north zone parent body, YNC and Women's wing functionaries for their perseverance and conviction with which they held the party flag high even during the most trying times and hoped that the zone would keep up with the hard work and dedication towards making the party stronger at grassroots level.
Omar said the party's love was deeply etched in the hearts of people of all regions of J&K and that it was the prime duty of party functionaries and leaders to highlight issues concerning people. He exhorted the party functionaries to come to the rescue of those people who were suffering on one account or the other due to the prevailing COVID19 induced crises.
The party Vice President asked the participants to walk shoulder to shoulder with people during the prevailing crises, saying that the party was the "all-weather friend of people of J&K." He asked them to increase their efforts to assist people in their fight against the challenges thrown at them due to the prevailing situation. Omar also asked the functionaries to share the trepidation of deprived and needy and offer support in whichever way they can.
During his interaction with the functionaries, Omar underscored that the primary duty of the political class was to serve people and that during prevailing crises-like situation it becomes more obligatory for the party workers and functionaries to be in constant touch with people.
Senior party leaders including Ali Muhammad Sagar, Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, NasirAslamWani; Muhammad Akbar Lone, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan , Mir Saifullah, ShariefUd Din Shariq, NazirGurezi, ShameemaFirdous; ShammiOberoi, Showkat Mir, SajadShafi Uri; KafilUlRahman, QaisarJamsheed Lone, Javed Dar, Ghulam Hassan Rahi, Syed Rafiq Shah, ReyazBedar, Farooq Shah, Khwaja Muhammad Yaqoob, G R Naz, Nazir Ahmed Malik, Imran Nabi Dar, Salman Ali Sagar, SabiyaQadri, Hilal Ahmed Lone, IrshadKar and Shahid Ali Shah were present.
On the occasion, the participants unanimously reiterated their support to the efforts of the party President, Farooq Abdullah for restoration of the constitutional position of J&K, which was unconstitutionally and unilaterally rescinded on August 5 last year.
While expressing outrage on the continuous incarceration of many, the participants said the kith and kin of those in detention were worried about their wellbeing, and have had no respite since August last year. The participants that included constituency in-charges, district Presidents, YNC and women's wing delegates spoke individually and highlighted the trepidation of people in their areas on account of the previous clampdown and subsequent COVID19 induced lockdown.
The functionaries also highlighted the widespread administrative inertia, development deficit and lack of accountability on the ground, said the statement. The meeting lasted for hours and saw active participation of each and every functionary. The functionaries conscientiously discussed various issues concerning the party in particular and people in general, said the statement.