Unity key to restoration of J&K’s dignity : Omar Abdullah

He added that multi ethnic unity in Pir Panjal has been an eye sore to anti J&K forces.
He added that multi ethnic unity in Pir Panjal has been an eye sore to anti J&K forces.Aman Farooq/GK File

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that unity is key to restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s dignity.

Addressing a public gathering at Islampur -Thana Mandi in Rajouri, he said the greatest strength of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is unity, which has stood severest strains from time to time.

Cautioning people against the efforts aimed to draw a wedge between Kashmiris, Gujjars, and Paharis, Omar said, "Diversity of our state is tremendous. Deep inside our hearts beat together. There are certain common links and unifying bonds that keep varied sections of our society together. All of us are worried for our identity, our culture, and our dignity.”

He added that multi ethnic unity in Pir Panjal has been an eye sore to anti J&K forces. At present also efforts are underway to drive a wedge between Gujjars, Paharis and Kashmirs, particularly in Pir Panjal.

“I am telling you that coming together is the first step towards having our constitutional rights, our dignity restored. NC is spearheading a peaceful, democratic and constitutional struggle for the restoration of rights of varied sections of J&K and Ladakh. The best people can do is not allow anyone to weaken our struggle by allowing anyone to divide us on religious, regional, and ethnic lines,” he said.

Speaking against the rising intolerance among government circles against a single critical word in the press, he said, “Trend of rolling out criminal charges against journalists and muzzling their voice has become an everyday affair.”

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