Kargil: In a significant development, the newly formed People’s Alliance for Gupkar declaration (PAGD) on Friday joined hands with the Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) to fight for the restoration of Article 370 and reunification of erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the media men outside the Circuit House Kargil, former Chief Minister and NC leader Omar Abdullah said that the PAGD and KDA will continue to fight for the restoration of article 370 and 35-A politically and legally in every peaceful manner .
He said that both PAGD and KDA have the same agenda that, “We don’t accept the decision of last year’s August 05 neither the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and creation of two separate UTs.”
Responding to a question about the participation of Kargil leadership in PAGD meeting, Omar said that they expect the participation of Kargil leadership in the meetings of People’s Alliance of Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).
To a question about the intentions to meet the Ladakh’s Apex Body for the 6th schedule, Omar said that the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAG) is ready to hold talks with anyone who is willing to talk.
He said their fight is against BJP and it (BJP) doesn’t represent the nation (India).
“Our demand is totally within the parameters of the Indian constitution which existed already and for that PAGD and KDA won’t step back”, he said as per news agency KNO.
Omar said that people in Jammu have strongly opposed the last year’s August 05 decision like the people in Kargil.
Asgar Ali Karbalai on behalf of the Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) said that deliberations were held regarding pre and post-August 05 situation with the PAGD delegation and both have a common agenda of restoration of the erstwhile state of J&K along with Article 370 and 35-A.
“Both PAGD and KDA are committed to the restoration of Article 370 and 35-A,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources said that KDA got support from influential Islamia School Kargil, Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust, Sahib-e-Zaman Turst Kargil, Jamiat-e-Ahli Sunnat, Ahle Sufian Naqshbandi and Students Movement Kargil.
Police Foils NC Rally In Jammu
Meanwhile the National Conference on Friday took out a rally against the new land laws in Jammu and Kashmir and said it will oppose all anti-people and anti-youth policies, and work towards ensuring that the rights and privileges of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are safeguarded under the Constitution of India.
Led by the party’s Jammu Provincial President Devender Singh Rana and attended by a number of leaders, including Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Surjeet Singh Salathia, Rattan Lal Gupta, Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Javed Rana, the march towards the Raj Bhavan was stopped by police.
‘Time and again, people were assured by Jammu and Kashmir BJP leaders that their rights to land and jobs would be protected at all costs, even after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions. Where have those assurances gone?” Rana posed
In a gazette notification on Tuesday, the Centre omitted the phrase “permanent resident of the state” from Section 17 of the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act that deals with disposal of the land in the union territory, paving the way for people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy land in JK and Ladakh, over a year after the nullification of provisions under Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution.
“The anti-people and anti-youth policies of the present administration is a betrayal of the people of Jammu in particular. We are an integral part of India but even the basic protection granted to states such as Himachal Pradesh and others have been denied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Rana said.
Describing NC chief Farooq Abdullah as a “democrat committed to secularism and nationalism”, the party’s Jammu provincial president said in view of his immense contribution towards nation-building and sustaining peace, amity, harmony, democracy, progress and development of Jammu and Kashmir, it is “very unfortunate that he was not allowed to move out of his Gupkar residence to offer prayers on the auspicious occasion of Eid Milad Un Nabi.
Asked to comment on the recent killing of BJP leaders in Kashmir, Rana described it as an act of cowardice. “We unequivocally condemn the incident and express our heartfelt condolences and sympathies with the bereaved families of the leaders.”
“Terrorism has no place in a civilized society. A terrorist has no religion, a terrorist is a terrorist and must be treated as a terrorist and we all have to fight together to uproot the menace of terrorism,” the NC leader said.
He said, “We are an integral part of India, we are Indians and our battle is not against our country but against the divisive ideology and our aim is to safeguard the rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh as enshrined in the constitution.”
A strong Jammu and Kashmir will lead to a stronger India and that can only happen when the hearts and minds of the people of the Union Territory are won with compassion and their dignity and honour is respected, Rana said.
Addressing the protestors at the rally, senior National Conference leader Ajay Sadhotra said the party will fight for the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir within the framework of the Constitution.
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