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Situation in J&K worsening since revocation of special status: PAGD 

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Srinagar: On the second anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Thursday expressed concern over the situation in J&K and resolved to continue the struggle for the restoration the “legitimate rights” of its people.

The alliance held a meeting of its constituents at its chairman and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s residence in Gupkar area here.

The meeting was attended by the PAGD’s vice-chairperson and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, its spokesperson and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami and senior vice-president of Awami National Conference Muzaffar Shah.

Speaking to reporters outside Abdullah’s residence after the meeting, Tarigami said the alliance “reiterated our resolve to continue our struggle for restoration our legitimate rights”.

He said the meeting expressed concern over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Despite tall claims of the government, the situation since August 05, 2019 is worsening day by day. They claimed that normalcy will be restored and violence will end, but look what they have said on the floor of the Parliament recently in response to a question about statehood. The minister said that statehood will be restored only at an appropriate time when normalcy is restored,” Tarigami said.

It meant that the situation “continues to be abnormal” and the claim of restoring peace in the region has not been achieved by the measures initiated on that ‘unfortunate day of August 05, 2019″.

The alliance spokesperson asked where was the investment and employment opportunities the Centre claimed the revocation of J&K’s special status will bring.

“If you move around whether it is Kashmir or Jammu, or even in fact in Ladakh region as well, whatever development was initiated by the previous governments even that is not yet being completed.

“They claimed that lot of investment will be made here that will generate employment, that will generate hope for the youngsters, just tell me, where are those projects, where is that investment taking place? Forget about Kashmir, what about Jammu? Ask the chamber there, ask the chamber here and ask the people in Leh,” he said.

Tarigami said none of the promises made by the Centre has been fulfilled.

“Rather, implementing such laws which restrict the freedom of the press, of the people, have become an order of the day. While there have been two lockdowns (in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic) elsewhere (in the country), our Kashmir has continuously passed through crackdowns since August 05, 2019,” he said.

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