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JAMMU: National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday prayed for peace and tranquility in Jammu and Kashmir and sought divine blessings in sustaining time tested unity and inclusiveness in the State. Paying obeisance at Dera Baba Bandha Bahadur Gurdwara in Reasi, the former Chief Minister also prayed for end to blood-shed and well being of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.

Interacting with devotees, Dr Farooq Abdullah expressed grave concern over the growing cult of violence and intolerance, saying this is not in consonance with the glorious ethos of the State. He said the perpetrators of violence and hate cannot break the unity of the people, who have had a unique bonding, spreading the times immemorial. This unity in diversity is the real strength of the State that has prevailed even during most challenging times, he added. 

Dr Farooq Abdullah urged the devout to pray for peace in the State and hoped that mischievous and malignant elements would not succeed in breaking the society. “They have already got a befitting response with people of different faiths remaining together in the spirit of humanity and harmony”, he said and added this uniqueness is needed to be sustained, strengthened and celebrated to isolate peace inimical elements.   

Besides Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana, the National Conference chief was accompanied by State Vice President Mr Rattan Lal Gupta, Youth National Conference Provincial President Mr Ajaz Jan besides Mr Pradeep Bali, Mr Mohammed Sadiq, Mr Tariq and others. Baba Jatinder Pal Singh and Mr Gulati were also present at the Dera Baba Bandha Bahadur Gurdwara where Dr Farooq Abdullah was presented a Saroopa.

The National Conference President later attended social functions of the former minister Babu Jagjeevan Lal and former MLA Mr Satpal Lakhotra. He also visited the residence of the Provincial President Women Wing Mrs Satwant Kour Dogra and former Sarpanch Baghani in Nagrota Assembly Constituency Mr Mohammed Anwar to personally condole the demise of their mothers. He also went to the residence of Chairperson NC Grievance Cell, Jammu, Mr Pankaj Kohli and expressed solidarity with him and the family over the death of his father. He prayed for peace to the departed souls.