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Political parties opposing Aug 5 decision should come clean on their intentions: Bukhari

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Srinagar: Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday questioned the “intentions of political voices who oppose August 5th decisions” while claiming that his party’s efforts have “ensured protection of rights on land and jobs for residents of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Without naming any party, Bukhari said the “rants of political parties of J&K vis-à-vis de-operationalization of Article 370 and 35-A seem to be superfluous as they have failed to acknowledge the guarantees on rights of the people of J&K accorded by the government of India following Apni Party’s rigorous pursuit in this direction”.

According to a party press release, Bukhari while addressing a party convention at Tad-Karnah in Kupwara district, emphasized on the need for economic prosperity of the sub-region which he said “has been ignored by the traditional political parties during their decades of rule in Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Opposition to the August 5th decision is understandable but have these political parties ever acknowledged the achievements of Apni Party by virtue of which the rights of people of J&K on their land and jobs have been ensured. Does it mean that these political parties are averse to such constitutional guarantees and their opposition to Abrogation of Article 370 is a political compulsion for them?” Bukhari said.

He said that people of J&K are “politically mature and can differentiate between the political rhetoric and actual performance” on the ground.

“It seems that these traditional political parties are unhappy and disgruntled over the people-centric efforts taken by our party within such a short span of time. It has apparently exposed their hollow verbose where deliverance on ground is evidently imperceptible,” he added.

Bukhari also questioned “lack of essential developmental growth in north Kashmir especially in district Kupwara where people have always yearned for better road connectivity, interminable supplies of essential commodities and ample employment opportunities”.

Bukhari said the “political philosophy of Apni Party is primarily based on the welfare of the people and an equitable development of all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Since the inception of our party, its people-centric and rational approach with regards to the resolution of public woes has always remained consistent devoid of any veiled motives. North Kashmir along with this remote sub-region requires an urgent developmental reform which can effectively keep it abreast with the rest of the region. Unfortunately, the people here have been promised much but on ground the deliverance is next to zero,” Bukhari remarked.

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