NC demands Pahari status to erstwhile Doda district; Dozens of political workers Join JKNC in Ukharhal;

NC demands Pahari status to erstwhile Doda district;  Dozens of political workers Join JKNC in Ukharhal;

Malik Shaker
Banihal; 10, Sept : National Conference leader and District president Ramban Haji Sajjad Shaheen has sought Pahari status to the erstwhile Doda district, saying that the people living in remote and higher reaches speak Pahari and thus deserve to be considered for benefits of reservations as applicable to this particular category.
“The residents of areas in which majority of people speak the local dialects that include Khashaw (Pogli), Saraji, Bhaderwahi and Padri Kishtwari dialects should be brought under the ambit of Pahari languages and provided the benefits of reservation”, a resolution adopted at a day-long District Convention, held at Ukharhal today.

While welcoming scores of political workers including 2 elected Panches from various parties especially youth of Pogal-Paristan area of Banihal constituency, Sajjad Shaheen called upon the youth to become agents of change and said that the state is passing through very difficult times where on one hand people of the state especially youth are being pushed against the wall and on the other hand Government is wasting no time in political, social & economic disempowerment of the people of the erstwhile J&K state & it is the youth who have an important and a valuable role to play in addressing some of the most significant and inter related challenges faced by the people, He added.
Mr Shaheen expressed anguish over dilapidated condition of roads, erratic power and drinking water supply, scarcity of rations and unavailability of essentials. He said the people have been suffering as most of the areas are reeling under darkness and deprived of drinking water facilities.
Mr Shaheen said and urged the people to reject the elements inimical to the pluralistic ethos of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the state will progress as a single entity by isolating divisive forces and National Conference will continue to fight those who want to fragment society in bits and pieces for their petty political interests.
Shaheen exhorted the incumbents to strengthen National Conference, which he described as only answer to steer the state out of present morass. “National Conference alone can meet the challenges confronted to the State and steer it to path of progress and development”, he added.
Prominent amongst those who joined the Party include youth leader Bilal Wani, Panch Sara Begum, Panch Shamshada Begum, Showkat Wani, Mehran Wani, Nazir Wani, Imtiaz Wani, Shayeen Wani, Riyaz Hajam, Masood Hassan, Raju Banday, Saleem Muzafar, Shakir Aslam.
Those who spoke in the function include Riyaz Ahmed Mir - Block President Pogal-Paristan, Bahar ahmed Naik  & Zahoor Katoch - Block vice presidents Pogal-Paristan, Shakeeb Ur Rehman Runyal - Block Secretary, Tariq Ahmed Dar – Provincial Youth vice president Jammu, Mohd Azam Sohil, Jagjit Singh – Youth Block President, Mohd Imtiaz Mughal, Youth Block Secretary, Panch Mujeeb Ur Rehman Runyal amongst others.