NC Authorises Farooq To Build Consensus On Gupkar Declaration

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NC’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) met first time since revocation J&K special status

‘August 5 Move Was Unilateral, Undemocratic And Unconstitutional’

Srinagar: Upping the ante over the government of India’s “unilateral, undemocratic and unconstitutional” move of abrogating Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the National Conference (NC) top brass on Saturday authorized Party President Farooq Abdullah to build a consensus of all political parties on acceptance of last week’s ‘Gupkar Declaration’

In the first ever Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meet held today at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, the party leaders deliberated the unilateral, undemocratic and unconstitutional measures undertaken by GOI, and its impact on the ground level in Jammu and Kashmir, a party spokesperson said Saturday.

Apart from Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar, NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamal and senior party leaders Mohammad Shafi Uri, A R Rather, Mian Altaf, Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Nasir Aslam Wani, Mubarak Gul, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Sakina Itoo, Mir Saifullah, Shameema Firdous, Nazir Gurezi, Hasnain Masoodi Shammi Oberoi also attended the PAC meet. The party leaders from Jammu and Kargil attended the meet via video conferencing.

On the occasion, the NC spokesperson said PAC members authorized the party President to widen the acceptance of Gupkar Declaration among all the sections in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.

“The participants applauded the efforts of party presidents for his efforts underway to bring different political voices on a single platform for the restoration of J&K’s honor, which was undemocratically, unilaterally and unethically rescinded on the 5th of August last year,” he said.

He said that the members also took strong exception of the succeeding measures undertaken by New Delhi following the annihilation of Articles 370, 35-A.

“PAC members also expressed outrage over the decision undertaken on 5th of August last year, saying the measures have violated the spirit of federalism and the sovereign pledges of Union of India to the people of Jammu and Kashmir made from time to time,” the NC spokesperson said.

He said the members appreciated the people of J&K for their peaceful response to unwholesome decisions undertaken by GOI.

“The PAC members vowed to stand behind the party president in his efforts to bring all political parties and other civil society groups on one platform to pitch for the restoration of what was unconstitutionally snatched from the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

He added that the members also rued the widespread administrative inertia, and development deficit in J&K and expressed concern over the state of economy in J&K.

“They also expressed dismay over the plight of people associated with agriculture, horticulture, tourism, large and small businesses, medium and small scale industries and handicraft sector,” the NC spokesperson said, adding “Party president took stock of party activities in different districts, including Kargil, Chenab, and Pir Panchal regions,”

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