SRINAGAR: The Awami National Conference (ANC) today released a special number (in the form of a book) on former Chief Minister Late Ghulam Muhammad Shah and the founder of the party. The book release function was held at SKICC Srinagar. The book contains excerpts and highlights the life and contribution of late Shah.
The function was attended by people from different walks of life ranging from politics to business to civil society and that included Dr. Mustafa Kamal National Conference legislator and brother of ANC president, Prof. Bhim Singh, Er. Rashid (MLA), Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri (NC MP), G.S. Charak (Congress legislator), Dr. Nazir Gilani (Sec. Gen JKCHR), Justice (Rtd) Bashir Ahmad Khan, family members of late GM Shah and many other prominent personalities. The event was presided over by ANC president Begum Khalida Shah and chief guest was Dr. Mustafa Kamal.
The speakers at the event highlighted the moral character, statesmanship, administrative shrewdness and political acumen of late Gh Mohammad Shah.
Paying tributes to Shah, Kamal said that he (G M Shah) was a pivotal and important soldier of late Shiekh Muhammad Abdullahs squad who always stood by him like a rock through thick and thin and suffered equally as did late Sher-e-Kashmir including the imprisonment.
He further stated that it was high time for them to realize the nefarious designs of their enemies who divided them in the past and continue to keep the gulf between them alive.
He further stated that their goals were not against each other but in the same direction that was towards the welfare of the people and stressed that both ANC and NC should atleast unite ideologically if not in deeds.
On the same lines, president ANC Begum Khalida Shah highlighted the high moral and political character of the GM Shah and said that it was high time that the past was looked over and future concentrated upon for the betterment of people of the state. She further maintained that ANC would always shoulder and strive to carry forth Late G M Shahs agenda of welfare, development and resolution of the Kashmir issue, which he had learnt from his leader and mentor Sher-e-Kashmir Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah.
ANC Senior Vice-president, Muzaffar Shah while paying a heartfelt welcome to the audience and guests recollected some of the incidents of late Shahs life depicting his selflessness, honesty, sincerity, professionalism, dedication and care for the society and people. He further stated that the book on GM Shah besides his services contained an important autonomy document that he had prepared and presented to Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah days before he breathed his last. He vouched that ANC would continue to strive and play its role to restore Jammu and Kashmir to the status of Paradise again.
On this occasion, Er Shiekh Abdul Rashid, MLA Langate said that people of Kashmir need leaders like late G M Shah and Abdul Ghani Lone at this point of time. Late Shah would always propagate principles of equality, justice and fair play. NC harps about Autonomy, but India is not serious. NC should have broadened scope of its political roadmap so that it would achieved at least Autonomy.
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