Srinagar, October 03, (Scoop News)- Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said efforts and energies of all communities, sects and political stake holders are needed for pulling Kashmir out of its problems and the current devastation caused by floods. Addressing a huge Fatiha congregation in memory of the late leader Molvi Iftikhar Hussein Ansari here Friday he said connecting people belonging to different communities had been a mission of Molvi Saheb’s life and the PDP would follow this as an important component of his agenda. “That would be the best tribute to Molvi saheb” he added.
Endorsing the optimism generated by the response to the destructive floods from the people of Kashmir, Mufti said we need to close our ranks as the youth did in an hour of extreme hopelessness to mount a heroic rescue operation which could prove the first crucial step in revival of our society. He said Molvi Saheb too had kept the morale of the PDP up on very crucial junctures of its growth which helped it in becoming an effective voice of the people.
Mufti said he was encouraged by the presence of religious leaders from all shades of opinion at the ceremony to mark Fatiha of the departed scholar which not only was befitting the stature of Molvi Ansari but pointed to the catholicity of our religious class. He said by employing a similar spirit of accommodation we can sort out the mess in and around the state if political parties across the board work with a common goal while maintaining their individuality. “Stalwarts like Agha Hassan Almoosvi saheb, present on the occasion, can also contribute to the good of the state and reducing the pain of the masses through their immense influence” Mufti remarked.
Mufti said every section of society in Kashmir has suffered loss and pain for many years now. Whether it is Shias, Sunnis or our Pandit brethren, no one is happy with the situation as all of us have gone through very trying and hostile circumstances, he said and added only a joint, sincere and massive action can retrieve the situation and deliver our coming generations from lingering trouble.
Addressing Molvi Imran Raza Ansari as the new leader, Mufti said the entire family of Ansaris is an important asset for his party. Appealing people for forging strong bonds of unity, Mufti said he was confident besides Molvi
Imran other members of the family, including Molvi Irfan, Molvi Aabid and Dr Amjad would cement further the connections of faith and political contact with the community that has been served with distinction by Molvi Iftikhar Hussein Ansari.
The dastar bandi of Imran Raza Ansari, a highly educated religious scholar was performed on the occasion as a successor to his illustrious father. On behalf of the PDP also Mufti Mohammad Sayeed presented a Dastar to him in recognition of his new status among the community and in the party.
Thousands of Ansari fans, followers and devotees made a bee line to the Mazar of the late leader from early morning and later for congregational prayers and tributes at their Qamarwari residence. All roads to Qamarwari were choked with vehicles carrying the devotees and pedestrians heading for Ansari residence.
PDP was represented in strength at both places with the party patriarch Mufti Mohammad Sayeed leading hundreds of workers to the venue. Party president Mehbooba Mufti, parliamentarians, legislators and senior leaders attended the Fatiha and paid tributes to the departed leader and committed their unflinching support to Molvi Imran Raza Ansari and the bereaved family.