Work for greater interests of state: Farooq Abdullah to party functionaries
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday told party functionaries that the state was facing an “unprecedented challenge” and the “need of the hour calls for keeping personal interests aside for the greater interests of the party and the state”.
Addressing a provincial committee meet of Kashmir province, Farooq said that the state was facing a “grim situation which necessitated for a united response from all of us”.
“We are faced with a tough struggle; the forces as are inimical to the state’s interests are trying their level best to influence the elections. They can go to any extent to create divisions between the regions and communities and eventually milk the situation to its hilt to grind their axe. It is not concealed as to what is the agenda of our detractors. They have explicitly made it clear time and again that they want to obliterate the special status and the territorial integrity of the state,” he said.
The “need of the hour”, Farooq said, was to “maintain unity among our rank and file and fight with a resolute mind.”
“Sher e Kashmir always held that people are the real source of power. During the recently concluded elections people have overwhelming came out in support of us. People have considerately reposed their faith in our party to carry forward the mission of protecting the integrity and special character of the state,” he added.
Over the NC’s win in the parliamentary elections, Farooq said, “We have to maintain the momentum of the parliament elections until assembly elections. The party rank and file has to proactively engage with party leadership in Pir Panjal regions, Chenab regions and Ladakh region.”
Underlining the importance of health and education sector in the development of state, he said, “I shall be using my MP LAD fund effectively in health and education sector of the Srinagar parliamentary constituency. I believe health and education sector form the back bone of any society. I will try my level best to rise up to the expectations of the people.”
He further added that the doors of the party were “open for all those who want to work for the protection of the special status of the state”.
“Anybody who wants to put in his or her efforts for the protection of the pluralistic visage and the distinctiveness of the state is welcome to join us,” he added.
Among others party senior leaders Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, Nasir Aslam Wani, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Abdul Rahim Rather, Muhammad Shafi Uri, district presidents, segment in-charges, women’s wing, minority cell and YNC functionaries were also present on the occasion.