We protect our animals like our kids: Javaid Rahi

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Gujjars appeal Jammuites to uphold tolerance towards nomads

Newspoint Bureau
Jammu Tawi, April 23
Facing ample of hardship on all fronts, the nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal tribes today issued an appeal to Jammuites to uphold age old traditions tolerance towards nomads and their animals.
In a programme organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation here today to discuss ‘tribal seasonal migration issue’ they said nomads are already in trouble due to tremendous pressures and they are looking for help from all quarters purely on humanitarian grounds, to run their livelihood.
Presided over by noted Tribal researcher Dr Javaid Rahi a number of representatives of Gujjar community participated and issued a joint appeal.
The appeal was issued by the community leaders after media reports appeared with regard to an incident wherein nine persons, including a woman and an elderly man, were injured in a clash between a mob and a group of nomads over the suspicion of bovine smuggling.
Dr, Javaid Rahi in his address stated that, since centuries together, We the Gujjars-protect our animals like our kids so the cow protectors must need not to worry.
He said, Jammu is traditionally known for tolerance , brotherhood and religious harmony and we appeal elders of majority community for strengthening of old practices.
‘We appeal residents of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Reasi and Udhampur district to be soft with nomadic tribes who are under migration towards upper reaches along with animals , the speakers said and added that tribal are struggling hard for their livelihood based on their animal raring.
Others who were present on the occasion included Wali Mohammad Chouhan, Raj Mohd Tedwa, Zaffar -ul-Habeeb, Ahsan Chowdhary, Wali Dhakkar and others.

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