The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Friday passed a resolution in the House on brotherhood, religious harmony and against the growing extremism in India. The resolution was passed by the Legislative Assembly after Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed seconded the Leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah who requested for passing a resolution as a message of religious harmony and brotherhood against the growing extremism across India. According to a KNS correspondent, while commenting on the BJP legislator’s assault on independent MLA Engineer Abdul Rashid inside the Legislative Assembly yesterday, Omar said that the message of extremism has gone across with the incident. “Whatever happened yesterday is not the real face of the J&K. Not only people talk about that unfortunate incident in India but also across the world. It is this place from where Mahatma Gandhi saw a ray of hope of secularism when the country was being divided,” Omar said in his speech. He said that the “Slogans like Hindu, Muslims, Sikh, Iseya Bhai Bhai were coined from here.” Omar said it seems that under a well planned conspiracy efforts were made to divide the people in the name of the religion. “We have different religions but we must respect each other’s sentiments and maintain brotherhood.” He said that he requests Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed who is also the Leader of the House through Speaker Legislative Assembly to unanimously pass a resolution to strengthen brotherhood in the state. “Everybody’s religious sentiments must be respected and there should be no place for the extremism. We have to rectify what went wrong yesterday and pass a unanimous resolution to reject extremism and maintain brotherhood,” he added. While seconding Omar, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said Mahatma Gandhi saw a raw of hope from Kashmir at the time of partition. “I will talk about pre-1947 when freedom struggle was going on across the country and during that period people of J&K under the leadership of Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah presented their different roadmap and strategy,” he said. Mufti said people of J&K took a different stand. “Prior to 1947, when Ali Mohammad Jinnah came to Kashmir people here under the dynamic leadership of Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah took a different stand and strengthen the Indian secularism,” he said. Mufti was all praise for Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and said he had a vision for the betterment of J&K. “Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah developed a different road map and turned Muslim Conference into National Conference to give good governance. In 1938 when Muslim conference was turned into National Conference, it gave a new roadmap under the leadership of Shiekh Abdullah who was visionary personality but could not take his mission ahead due to we people. We are here because of Sheikh Abdullah.” “Now we have to show the way and reject extremism. India has diverse people and we have to economically empower it for that we all have to be united. 17 crore Muslims who live in India have maintained secularism. If we are divided in the name of religion then we will destroy the country,” the Chief Minister said. He said that the J&K Assembly has its credibility and asked for the support to pass a resolution on religious harmony to send a unity message all across India. “This house has given a lot and I think if a massage goes through this house it will be strong enough to maintain brotherhood,” he added.
2015 Kashmir Despatch