The Jammu and Kashmir assembly Friday unanimously passed a peace resolution moved by former J&K chief minister and National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah in which he has asked for maintaining communal harmony and peace in the state.
Speaking during the Zero Hour, Abdullah said nobody was happy by the episodes that took place in the past 24 hours in the House. “Everybody in the world is talking about it. But, it is not the real face of our state,” he said while referring to the incidents that took place in the assembly when Independent legislator Engineer Rashid was assaulted by BJP legislators for organising a beef party at MLA hostel on Wednesday.
Omar added that even Mahatma Gandhi saw a ray of hope from Jammu and Kashmir when the country was burning after the Partition and riots.
Omar’s speech was endorsed by leader of the House and J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who said there was no place for hate mongering and extremism in any civilised society.
“The message of inclusiveness preached by great leaders must not get eclipsed by the action of those who create panic, leading to insecurity among the minorities of the country,” Mufti said adding, “We are at the crossroads of history and have to again become the torchbearers of secularism, pluralism and tolerance in the country.”
“This House as the representative body of the will of the people of Jammu & Kashmir reasserts the need for strengthening further the bonds of brotherhood and fortify the values that have distinguished Jammu & Kashmir in the entire subcontinent in the most trying circumstances that led the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, to see a ray of light from here. This House further urges leadership at the national level across party lines and seeks the support of people throughout the country in creating an environment of peace and harmony so that all sections of the society become real stakeholders in the idea of India,” he added.
“We in J&K, in tune with our own cultural diversity, have been an epitome of multiculturalism that has given space to people holding different shades of opinion in all the three regions,” he said.