Farooq pays obeisance at Ziyarat Hazrat Zain Ud Din Wali Reshi (RA)

National Conference president and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah on Sunday paid a visit to the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Zain Ud Din Reshi (RA) at Ashmuqam, Pahalgam, a NC spokesman said in a statement.

 Dr Farooq while paying obeisance at the shrine said, “Reshis brought the essence of Islamic teaching to every household by localizing it. Their teachings touch a spectrum of issues encompassing both individual as well as the society in their fold. They talked of compassion, brotherhood and mutual respect which are pivotal aspects of any stable society. These great men paraphrased universal values in their poetry. I have come here to pray for peace and prosperity of my state. It is always spiritually elevating to come to places like these.”

Later he visited Pahalgam, where scores of people from different hamlets of the Lidder valley called upon him, the NC spokesman said.

While underscoring the need of having a multi faceted tourism policy party president said, “Once a popularly elected government comes to power under the vanguard of Omar sahib, a renewed attention will be given to the development demands of all major and minor tourist destinations of the state. The new government will have to work on the growth of increased international arrivals.”

The NC president was accompanied by district president Anantnag and former MLA Altaf Ahmad Kaloo.