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Centre decided to honour Mir with Padma award: Farooq

Last Updated: Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 20:38

R S Pura (Jammu): Maintaining that he had
recommended the name of Gulam Mohmmad Mir for the Padma award
because of his contribution to counter insurgency in the
state, National Conference President and Union Minister Farooq
Abdullah on Sunday said it was the Centre that decided to honour
him.

"I did recommend him (Mir) for the Padma award. I have
recommended various other names. But it is the committee at
the Home Ministry that has decided it," the Union Minister for
New and Rewable Energy told reporters soon after launching the
party`s membership drive from this border town.

Praising Mir`s role in countering insurgency in the
state, Abdullah said his contribution could not be ignored.

Asked why former Chief Minister and his father Sheikh
Abdullah was not given such an award, he said, "Please keep
Gandhi Ji and Sheikh Sahib out of it. They worked for the
nation and not for the awards."

Terming the recent death of a boy in alleged action by
the security forces in Srinagar as unfortunate, he recommended
strong action against those involved in the incident.

"Omar (Chief Minister, Jammu and Kashmir) has taken up
the issue with Home Ministry for central help in the case", he
said.

To a question on increasing incidents of stone-pelting
in Srinagar, he said it is being funded to disturb peace and
tranquility in Kashmir.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 20:38
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