Doing away with ‘Darbar Move’ practice not good for ‘integration’, Will request LG to release Mirwaiz, Says Altaf Bukhari


SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Apni President Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari Friday said that doing away with the practice of ‘Darbar Move’ will widen the gap between the people of Kashmir and Jammu. He asked Lieutenant Governor to revisit his decision.

“Darbar Move was not about the budget but it was about people-to-people contact. Six lakh people from Kashmir visited Jammu and from Jammu around 2 lakh people used to come here (Kashmir). Now this people-to-people contact is gone and it is not good for the ‘integration,” Bukhari as per news agency Kashmir News Trust said.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a joining function at his party headquarters here in Kashmir capital Srinagar.

He said Maharaja of Kashmir had not started the practice of ‘Darbar Move’ for enjoyment but it was his vision to bridge the gap between people of Kashmir and Jammu.

Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari said that he fails to understand the logic behind the decision about ‘Darbar Move.’ “Even Prime Minister talks about people-to-people contact and ‘integration’. Out of Rs 80,000 Crore budget a meagre Rs 200 Crore were being spent on the practice of ‘Darbar Move.’ I don’t think, this decision will yield any positive result,” Bukhari said adding that he condemns this decision and request LG to revisit it.

In response to a question, Bukhari said that the role of the Institution of Mirwaiz is not limited only to socio-religious reforms, but it has its role for establishing democratic institutions and safeguarding democratic rights.

Bukhari he will request Lieutenant Governor to release Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Umar Farooq. “Mirwaiz plays an important role in society to fight social evils. At a time when there is a surge in suicide cases, drug abuse and other social crimes, Mirwaiz can influence the society. He has a say and command over people. I think his release from imprisonment will benefit the society,” Bukhari said.

Pertinently, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to be under detention since abrogation of special status in August 2019. (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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