Srinagar: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD or Gupkar Alliance) expressed disappointment over the outcome of the all-party meeting on June 24, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Jammu and Kashmir. The coalition said that it did not discuss steps for confidence building, nor did it discuss concrete steps to end the “suffocating siege and repression environment” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir since August 2019.
Gupkar reminded the BJP-led central government on the promise made in Parliament to restore the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and said that assembly elections should be held only after that. Gupkar is an alliance of six major political parties in the Valley, including National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), CPI(M), CPI, Awami National Conference and Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement. On August 5, 2019, by amending the Constitution, the Central Government abolished most of the provisions of Article 370. With this, the special status of Jammu and Kashmir ended and it was divided into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh. It was only after this incident that the Gupkar alliance was formed with the goal of getting Jammu and Kashmir again state and special status.
PAGD spokesperson and CPM leader MY Tarigami said confidence building measures (CBMs) would have triggered the much-needed process of reaching out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir “who are the biggest contributors and the worst sufferers in the problem of Jammu and Kashmir”. ”
A statement issued by Tarigami said that all the members of the Gupkar alliance expressed their dismay at the conclusion of the meeting held in Delhi, especially the release of political prisoners and other prisoners from jails and the alleged “pressure environment” created in Jammu and Kashmir since 2019. On the absence of any concrete steps to build confidence like liquidation.
On Sunday evening, a meeting of the Gupkar alliance was held at his residence under the chairmanship of National Conference President Farooq Abdullah. It was told that the meeting was attended by coalition vice president and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Tarigami, National Conference leader Hasnain Masoodi, People’s Movement chief Javed Mustafa Mir and Awami National Conference senior vice president Muzaffar Ahmed Shah.
This meeting of the Gupkar alliance is taking place after the all-party meeting chaired by the Prime Minister in Delhi and before the delimitation committee’s visit to the Kashmir Valley. The Supreme Court committee headed by (retired) Justice Ranjana Desai, along with Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir, will hold meetings with representatives of political parties of Jammu and Kashmir from Tuesday.
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