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Azad, Soz, Karan visit Khanyar shrine in Srinagar

india Updated: Jun 27, 2012 20:29 IST
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Ghulam Nabi Azad

Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh and Congress’ Kashmir chief Saifuddin Soz visited the gutted shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani on Wednesday.

Azad, former chief minister, assessed the damage caused by the fire. Expressing his grief over the fire incident, Azad termed it "unfortunate" and appealed to people to maintain peace and amity.

Azad said he used to pay obeisance at the shrine since his college days in Srinagar.

Azad’s visit was followed by Karan Singh where he was briefed by the management of the shrine.

Both the leaders expressed satisfaction over the retrieval of the holy relics and assured the management of all possible help in reconstruction of the shrine.

"People of all faiths have deep regard for the shrine. Whenever I visited the valley I used to pay obeisance at all the shrines of the valley particularly this shrine," said Singh.

Saifuddin Soz, former union minister and president J&K Pradesh Congress Committee also visited Khanyar separately.

Soz, according to Congress spokesman, offered thanks to caretakers Khalid Geelani and Ghulam Nabi Khan and others on behalf of Congress president Sonia Gandhi for protecting the sacred relics.

"In spite of anxiety, people must allow the government to explain facts," said Soz.