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Elect Zafar Iqbal Manhas to defeat divisive forces in Rajouri–Anantnag Parliamentary elections: Altaf Bukhari

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RAJOURI: Asking people to defeat the divisive agenda that is being promoted by the two dynastic political parties, the Apni Party President, Syed Mohammed Altaf Bukhari on Monday said that the politics of hate has promoted regional bias, detention of youth, underdevelopment, and unemployment in the Pir Panjal region for the last seven decades.

Speaking at a public rally that was organized in Rajouri, Altaf Bukhari sought votes and support in favour of the Party candidate contesting from Rajouri–Anantnag parliamentary seat, Zafar Iqbal Manhas.

While campaigning in favour of his Party’s candidate, he said that the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Parties have promoted the dynastic regime in Jammu and Kashmir whereas the common man continues to suffer with the lack of basic amenities, underdevelopment, and growing unemployment.

“These parties exploited the people by creating a wedge between them in the name of region or religion. However, it did not benefit the people. The time has come when the people should come forward and elect Zafar Iqbal Manhas sahab to the Rajouri–Anantnag Parliament seat for their bright future,” he stated, amid applause of the party leaders, and workers in the public rally.

He said that the Party is committed to providing equal opportunity to all people irrespective of caste, creed, region, or religion.

“It’s not about electing a Member of Parliament, but it would be a step towards ending the underdevelopment and bringing prosperity for the future generation,” he said, assuring the people that he would ensure that the people of Rajouri get their due share in development. While criticizing the National Conference as well as the Peoples’ Democratic Party, he said that they have restored their old tactics to create division among the people in the name of region and caste to gain votes. However, the people have become aware, and it would not be easy for them to get any kind of benefit from the people.

Questioning the silence of the National Conference on the eviction and harassment of the tribal community in Jammu’s plain areas, he said that the NC used the Gujjars as their vote banks but did not utter a word against the harassment and eviction of the tribals from their land in Samba in Jammu Province.

He also grilled the National Conference for not protecting the tribal community and other dwellers under the Forest Rights Act when they were in rule in the last many years in J&K.

“Trusting their hollow promises, the Gujjars support the NC, but they hardly protect their rights. However, the situation has changed nowadays because the tribals do not trust the NC-PDP anymore,” he added.

While explaining the policy of the party, he said that they believe in the unity and equality of the people from all the regions. They want to give a bright future to the young generation.

Accusing the regional parties (NC-PDP) of promoting mayhem in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that these parties had put the youth behind bars whenever they ruled Jammu and Kashmir.

“These parties are responsible for instability in Jammu and Kashmir that resulted in the uncertain future,” he said while asserting that Jammu and Kashmir’s future is with India.

Meanwhile, he raised his concern about the misuse of powers to detain youths and elders under the Public Safety Act (PSA), unfair FIRs, and initiation of verifications.

“We want to end the harassment of the common masses and release of the detained youth,” he added.

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Kashmir Images is an English language daily newspaper published from Srinagar (J&K), India. The newspaper is one of the largest circulated English dailies of Kashmir and its hard copies reach every nook and corner of Kashmir Valley besides Jammu and Ladakh region.

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