Won't allow division of J&K on regional, religious lines: NC

Claiming that divisive forces are making attempts to break the unity of the people in Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference Wednesday vowed to foil such machinations by not allowing division of the state on regional and religious lines.

“We are the inheritors of great legacy of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, who strived all his life to preserve distinct and unique identity of the state and its existence as a single entity,” NC General Secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar said while addressing workers’ convention in Doda district.

He said the proponents of trifurcation are destined to fail before the strong resolve of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

Without naming anyone, Sagar, who is currently on a four-day visit to the Chenab Valley, lashed out “reactionary and communal forces” for pushing their sinister agenda by vitiating the atmosphere and creating a wedge between various segments of the society.

He hoped the people will give these forces a befitting lesson by maintaining their time-tested unity, harmony and tranquility.

“Whenever forces inimical to the unity of the state find themselves in a political whirlpool, they resort to inciting passions by raking up contentious issues,” Sagar said, referring to the attempts being perpetrated to weaken the state’s special status under Article 370.

“Being custodian of peoples’ interests, the National Conference will foil these designs tooth and nail,” he said.

Additional General Secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal exhorted people to “guard against polarising elements” and expressed concern over “orchestrated campaign launched by the reactionary forces to create political instability” in the state.

Kamaal described the prevailing situation as detrimental to democratic growth of the state, saying people’s will for restoration of democracy cannot be throttled as per whims of New Delhi.

“Governor’s rule is no substitute to popularly-elected government, as people are deprived accessibility to those governing them,” he said, seeking immediate restoration of democratic process.

Meanwhile, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana emphasized on the need for strengthening regional unity by providing equal opportunism of progress to all. “National Conference is committed to assuage the regional and sub-regional aspirations,” he said while referring to the assurances held out by the leadership with regard to consideration of regional autonomy, if voted to power with absolute majority.

Senior party leader Khalid Najeeb Suharwardhy and party’s Provincial Youth President Ajaz Jan also spoke on the occasion.

Radiq Shah, Zaffarullah Rathore, Abdul Manan Banday, Azad Hussain Reshi, Thakur Bachater Singh, Syed Naveed Hashmi, Abid Magry, Mubarak Ali, Ayaz Ahmed Sheikh, Mushtaq Ahmed and Choudhary Salam-ud-Din were also present on the occasion.