PAGD Seeks Pre-2019 Status for J&K

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Srinagar: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding restoration of Article 370, 35-A and all the constitutional rights that Jammu and Kashmir and ladakh enjoyed prior to abrogation of the erstwhile state’s semi autonomous status by Modi government on August 5, 2019.

“Since the revocation of Article 370, the Indian Government has coerced a blanket silence in the region and calls it a normalcy. Even today the government is trying to enforce restrictions on the people of J&K and forces them to not raise their heads in freedom,” PAGD spokesperson M Y Tarigami said, while addressing a news conference at Gupkar on Tuesday.

Earlier, the senior leaders of alliance parties addressed a gathering and discussed the political and security situation in the Union Territory as fallout of August 2019 action. The meeting also saw Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference (NC) Patron Dr Farooq Abdullah and others addressing the meeting.

“As far as PAGD is considered, we have fought for the restoration of all constitutional rights of J&K since August 5th. We have been thrown to the brink of disgrace by the Government but PAGD will never accept that,” Tarigami said.

Speaking about the agenda of today’s meeting, the senior CPI(M) leader said that it was convened to once again remind the Government of India that the decision of August 5 is unacceptable.

“We have adopted a resolution which demands that Article 370, 35-A,  Constitutional rights we had till 4th august 2019, complete statehood of J&K and the constitution of J&K that was illegally revoked be restored,” he said.

“Since August 2019, the Government of India’s false propaganda of development of J&K has already been exposed in front of our people,” he added.

The PAGD spokesperson claimed that the people in Jammu region too were dismayed at the destruction caused to their businesses by government of India.

“If one visits Jammu, one can find the anger that they currently have against the Government’s decision of cancelling Darbar move and what repercussions their businesses have faced since this ghoulish move,” he said.

Divulging more details about the resolution passed by the PAGD, Tarigami said that it also mentions that the senior posts in the administration and police have been occupied by non-J&K people.

“Where should the people of J&K and Ladakh go after such disgrace? This discrimination against our people should end immediately and they should be provided with what rightfully belongs to them,” he said.

“Apart from this, we have also raised questions against the Government’s decision of suspending or not providing jobs to the people who had an FIR against them in the past. In this country where the judicial and justice system is still alive, how can the Government term someone a culprit without even holding a proper and fair trial?” he added.

The PAGD spokesperson also asked government as how many people have been released from jails since the J&K leaders visit to New Delhi, where they attended PM Modi convened all party meet.

“Young children, budding youth and many elderly people have been jailed. Why isn’t the government giving them a fair trial?” Tarigami asked.

He also lashed out a senior administration official for claiming that there were no political prisoners currently under detention.

“So, does the Government plan to keep such people in jails for years without fair trial. Till when, will this NIA and CBI raids continue on the political leadership of Kashmir. We aren’t thugs; we are just normal leaders who want our constitutional rights back,” the PAGD spokesperson added.

PAGD is a five party conglomerate, including National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M), Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) and Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (JKANC) spearheading a campaign for the restoration of J&K’s semi-autonomous status.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

A media graduate from LPU, Zaid Bin Shabir is a Srinagar based journalist whose works have appeared in many local and international publications.

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