PAGD to participate in All Party Meeting in New Delhi ‘There will be no compromise on special status’


SRINAGAR: Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Tuesday said that they will attend an all-party meeting this Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, CPI(M) leader who is also the spokesperson of PAGD Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Hasnain Masoodi, Javaid Mustafa Mir, Muzafar Shah participated in the second meeting to discuss the Centre’s invitation for the all-party meeting with the Prime Minister.

Shortly after the meeting, PAGD leaders said they will attend on the meeting but there will be no compromise on Article 370 and 35A.

“We will attend the meeting to put forth our point of view. This is what has been decided in the
meeting,” Farooq Abdullah said.

“Mehbooba-ji, Tarigami sahib and I will attend the all-party meeting called by PM. We hope to keep our agenda before PM and HM (Home Minister),” says Dr Abdullah told reporters adding that they will put forth their demands of the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood.

Former Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti demanded that all political prisoners should be released from the Kashmir and outside prisons. “We will put up this demand that all the political prisoners languishing in Kashmir and outside jail should be freed. If you can’t free them at least shift them back to Srinagar,” she said adding poor parents of the incarcerated persons can’t afford meeting them in outside jails.

She said Kashmiris have been facing humiliation from past two years.

Tarigami demanded the immediate release of prisoners including Shabir Ahmed Shah who according to him is very ill in the detention.

“We will advocate the peoples aspirations in the court. We have got this opportunity and we won’t miss it. But I want to clear it that there will be no compromise on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Let them talk what they are having on their agenda and we will put forth our agenda,” Tarigami said.

Pertinently, PM Modi has called an all-party meeting on 24 June amid reports that the Centre may discuss restoration of statehood and other important issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir.   The Gupkar Alliance is a seven-party alliance of mainstream parties, formed to campaign for the restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. (KNT)


Neyaz Elahi

Neyaz Elahi, who switched from Electronic to Print Media is a Kashmir based Accredited Journalist who has written extensively on Kashmir for local, national and international web portals. He is currently associated with Srinagar based News Agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

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