The Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly on Friday passed a unanimous resolution against religious extremism in the state.
The resolution was adopted unanimously by the House after it was proposed by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.
While speaking about Thursday’s incident in which BJP MLAs manhandled independent lawmaker from Langate Engineer Rashid, Abdullah called for the resolution to uphold the communal harmony in the state.
He said a deliberate attempt was being made to destroy the amity and harmony of the state.
Abdullah raised the issue as soon as the zero hour ended and said Rashid’s heckling had given a “very wrong impression” about the state across the world.
“Let me tell you, this isn’t the real face of J&K,” he said, “The real face of state was that at the time of partition, Mahatma Gandhi saw a ray of hope in the state. When the sub-continent was bleeding in communal frenzy, Kashmir was the ray of hope.”
Abdullah said the people of Kashmir raised the slogan ‘hamlavar khabardar, hum Kashmiri hai tayyar’ (beware! we are ready) with toy guns in hands (at the time of raids by tribals from Pakistan) and ‘Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isayee aapas mai ha bhai bhai’ (Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are brothers).
Mufti praises National Conference
Abdullah’s proposal for the resolution was endorsed by chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who evoked Abdullah’s grandfather Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and called him a “torchbearer of communal amity” in the state.
Appreciating Omar Abdullah’s stance, the Mufti said: “It was in 1938 when the fight for Independence was still on that National Conference took a stand. In 1947, when migrants from other Kashmir (PoK) came here, the people in Bijbehara welcomed them with milk and water.”
“And to maintain the same, Shiekh Abdullah towed a different line that the most popular Muslim leader of sub-continent Ali Mohammad Jinnah and set an example when he converted Muslim Conference into National Conference.”
While thanking the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi for “bringing Sheikh Abdullah back into mainstream”, Mufti said Sheikh’s policies were inclusive.
“He made it possible to take everyone along. He was inclusive. But somehow, we couldn’t take it forward. We have failed him,” Mufti added.
The resolution was later passed in the upper House as well.
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