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 ‘Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’ forged for restoration of J&K’s special status

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NC, PDP, PC, CPI(M), JKPM, ANC attend meeting; PCC couldn’t ‘due to medical reasons’    

Srinagar: Mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday held a meeting and forged a political alliance for restoration of the special status of the erstwhile state as it existed before August 05 last year and also to initiate a dialogue between all stakeholders in the issue.

The meeting was held at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and attended by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement leader Javaid Mustafa Mir, CPIM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and Awami National Conference leader Muzaffar Shah.

Briefing reporters after the nearly two-hour meeting, Abdullah said the leaders decided to formalise the alliance, that has been named ‘Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’.

Senior Abdullah said the alliance will strive for restoration of the constitutional position in respect of Jammu and Kashmir as it existed before August 05 last year.

“We shall struggle for restoration of what was snatched from Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh. Ours is a constitutional battle … we would strive for restoration of the constitution (with regard to Jammu and Kashmir) as it existed on August 05, 2019,” he said.

Abdullah said the alliance also seeks a dialogue between all stakeholders for resolution of the issue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir.

“We will be informing you about the future course of action in due course,” he added.

NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and other senior leaders of the party were also present at the meeting.

JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir could not attend the meeting “due to medical reasons”.

A spokesperson of the party said Mir had conveyed his inability to attend the meeting to Farooq Abdullah as the Congress leader was advised by doctors to get himself medically examined including a COVID screening.

Abdullah said the meeting congratulated the PDP president on her release from 14 months of detention which they said was “completely illegal and unjustified”.

On August 04 last year, all major political parties in Kashmir, except BJP, had met at the residence of Farooq Abdullah amidst uncertainty and tension in the erstwhile state as the Centre had rushed additional paramilitary forces there while asking all tourists including Amarnath pilgrims to leave the Valley as soon as possible.

The joint statement issued by the political parties, expressing concern over the situation, came to be known as the Gupkar Declaration.

The Centre revoked the special constitutional status of the state and also bifurcated it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

In a follow up, the political parties had met again in August this year and vowed to fight for restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

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