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Efforts of Dr Farooq Abdullah have rekindled hope among people: NC

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Afaq, Pardesi address party workers at Harwan, Srinagar

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday said that people of J&K, have risen above petty differences and rallied around Party President Dr. Farooq Abdullah in his efforts for the restoration of Special Status which was ‘spitefully, unconstitutionally, and undemocratically rescinded’ on 5th of August last year.

Addressing a meeting of Party functionaries here at Harwan block of Sonwar constituency, Party’s District President Srinagar Peer Afaq and NC leader Ahsan Pardesi said that there can be no trade off between development and people.  The meeting was convened by Ahsan Pardesi and presided over by Peer Afaq Ahmed.

Addressing the meeting, Peer Afaq said that people of J&K have not come to terms with what was done to them on the 5th of August. He said that the efforts of Party President underway for the restoration of people’s rights have rekindled hope in the distressed people who have all long been suffering on different accounts ranging from successive clampdown, lockdown and soaring unemployment.

“A catch-up to the pre-crisis situation is a far cry under the present situation with no active fiscal support coming from the government. The pervasive unemployment in J&K was a direct consequence of the measures undertaken by GOI last year and that the situation is far from redemption in wake of Government apathy,” he said.

Ahsan Pardesi in his address said that there can no trade off between the genuine political aspirations of the people of J&K , Ladakh and development issues, he said that both should go hand in hand, and that the GOI should make amends to its unilateral and unconstitutional decisions undertaken by it on the 5th of August last year.

“GOI should see the writing on the wall and not waste any time further in restoring Articles 370, 35-A.  The measures taken on 5th of august last year haven’t fared well in any region of J&K.  There can be no redemption of the situation until and unless J&K’s status isn’t restored,” he said.

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