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Deliberate attempts on to vitiate peaceful atmosphere in Jammu region: Sajjad Shaheen

Appeals people to foil sinister objective of decisive forces by maintaining peace

BANIHAL, 12 June: National conference leader and district president Ramban Mr Sajjad Shaheen has alleged that “some elements” are making deliberate attempts to harm the communal harmony of the erstwhile State's Jammu region particularly in the Chenab valley. While condemning the “blasphemous remarks” on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from BJP spokespersons, Shaheen sought immediate arrest of both of them. Stating that the remarks have pained and wounded the feelings of the Muslims all over the world.

He said that the manner in which issues related to food, dress, faith and festivals are being deliberately used to polarize our society is unfortunate. It is matter of grave concern to witness the growing incidents of hate speeches in the country by people, who appear to have official patronage and against whom no meaningful and strong action is being taken. “I have no hitch in saying that BJP and people of its ideology have vitiated atmosphere of not only the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir but the country on the whole as the BJP government of the day at the center allowed such forces and individuals to vitiate the atmosphere in the country for political dividends but the entire nation and society as a whole is at great loss. A pluralistic country like ours which is multi religious, multi faiths, and having vast diversities cannot allow such elements and forces to operate in any manner to further their agenda of hatred and division,” he said.

He added that such communal and divisive forces need to be curbed in the bud by any responsible government and administration. The government should take strong action against the persons to stop further communal polarisation. He said such irresponsible acts would only destroy the secular values India has been upholding for centuries. He has appeal to all sections of the people to maintain peace and foil the sinister objective of those who wish to sharpen communal polarisation. He has also called upon the party units across the district to independently and jointly work for maintaining peace and harmony in their respective areas.