Geelani praises SGPC for relief work in J&K

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Sep 21, 2014 22:18 IST

All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani might be shying away from praising the Indian armed forces for their Herculean effort in saving thousands of lives in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, the separatist leader, however, has showered praises over the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for its effort in providing relief to flood-hit people of the Kashmir Valley.

In a letter to SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, Geelani has showered praises on the SGPC for its efforts in providing relief material, including 'langar (food served), to flood victims.

Gillani has also taken note of the SGPC efforts in airlifting people from Srinagar to Amritsar.

"Your teams in Srinagar are coordinating with the local population to distribute langar to flood-hit families and have now started a free medical camp. There is a word of praise for your organisation on the lip of every Kashmiri. May god always be with you," Geelani wrote in the letter, which was delivered to Makkar by SGPC secretary Manjit Singh on his return to Amritsar from Srinagar on Saturday.

Geelani also met a 15-member SGPC team, which had gone to Srinagar on Friday for coordinating the relief operations there, at Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj, Badgam, near Srinagar.

During his interaction with team leader and SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur and executive member Rajinder Singh Mehta, Geelani made a particular reference to the warm clothes and blankets sent by the SGPC.

He also noted that the baby feeder bottles and feeder nipples along with dry milk powder transported by the SGPC had reached many homes in and around Srinagar.

According to Mehta, Geelani has requested Makkar to send in relief material, especially medicines, feeder bottles and milk powder, for the camp being run by the Hurriyat leader in Srinagar.

Reacting to the letter, Makkar in a statement here said the SGPC had never discriminated with anyone while distributing relief material. "It was the same in Uttarakhand last year and now in J&K, the SGPC does not look at anyone's religion or caste while extending a helping hand," he added.

Makkar also assured the Hurriyat leader that the SGPC would continue to extend help to the flood-hit people so long as it was required.

Meanwhile, Mehta presented a detailed report on the relief operations undertaken by the SGPC over the last 10 days to Makkar.

Following the report, the SGPC is likely send more medicines and doctors to Srinagar to its medical camp, which is organised on the premises of Gurdwara Shaheed Bunga, where the gurdwara body is also running a full-fledged relief camp.

A large number of people come at the relief camp for having food served at the langar (community kitchen) of the shrine. Besides food packets are also being prepared for the Indian Air Force to airdrop over areas, where people are still trapped.

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