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NC chief Farooq Abdullah asks people to stand up against divisive forces

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National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah said unity of peoples is crucial for building India and called on them to stand up against ‘forces of division’ trying to weaken the inland country.

Abdullah made the remarks while addressing an event to celebrate the 75th birthday of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chagan Bhujbal in Mumbai on Thursday.

“Our country is diverse, there is a diversity of religions, cultures and climates. What unites us is our faith. Religion does not divide people, it unites. Together we can build India living in camaraderie,” he said, insisting on working to ensure the unity of the country.

The NC chairman said there were no external threats to the country, “there are divisive forces within the country which are weakening it.”

We should stop thinking of ourselves as Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs. I am an Indian Muslim. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we must unite this country, and that can only be done by living in friendship,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abdullah drove to Asaar-e-Sharief Dargah Hazratbal here after returning to Srinagar from Maharashtra.

He offered congregational prayers at the revered shrine and prayed for lasting peace and prosperity in JK and the rest of the country.

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