Ex-Legislators Bat For Joint Election Fight

SRINAGAR — Asking all “pro-people voices to unite,” former legislators Ghulam Hassan Mir, Hakim Mohammad Yaseen and Engineer Abdul Rasheed Tuesday suggested for collective efforts to overcome the grave situation the state of J&K is facing under current era of uncertainty.

After threadbare deliberations during a joint meeting, a joint statement issued to KNO said, “It sounded good to see two former Chief Ministers including Mehbooba Mufti and Omer Abdullah showing much concern about protecting the special status of state. Mehbooba Mufti’s appeal asking various political forces to come together should be given due hearing.”

They said “the two former Chief Ministers need to be reminded that our parties have supported both the chief ministers in and outside assembly whenever situation truly demanded the same.”

The trio said Omer Abdullah had raised valid concerns about division of votes in Kashmir province. “Omer needs to be reminded that whenever NC or PDP feel insecure not for the interest of Kashmiris but only for the reason that their duplicity and self-centered politics gets exposed, both the parties talk of division of votes, regional aspirations and do waste no time in calling everyone as New Delhi’s agent without having any sincere self-introspection,” they said. 

“However without entering into blame game that who is responsible for division of votes, it is imperative upon all saner voices to unite and ensure that votes of regional parties don’t get divided. 

While the state is passing through the crucial phase and not only the special status and identity of the state is at stake, the two countries are at the verge of war and people of J&K feel insecure at all fronts. It is moral responsibility of all forces to unite and protect the rights of entire state and various identities within the state,” the trio added.

The three leaders suggested that if Mehbooba Mufti and Omer Abdullah sincerely believe that regional forces need to be united then all like-minded political forces must contest upcoming elections together and form a joint strategy not only to fight for protecting the special status of the state but to move forward for resolving the larger issues.

Three leaders assured of their full co-operation and support to ensure that the votes of Kashmiris don’t get divided. “However, the alliance so formed should not be seen against any region or community as the fact of the matter is that it is Kashmiris who are being disempowered everywhere,” they said.

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