SRINAGAR: People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Wednesday said that August 5 marks the completion of two years since the  “unprecedented assault” on the constitution of India was taken to nullify Article 370 of the constitution – thereby damaging the very bond of our relationship with the union of India.

Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami addressing a presser in Kulgam. KL photo by Bilal Bahadur

In a statement, PAGD said that by demolishing the constitution of  Jammu and Kashmir, the Government has crossed all the limits of constitutionality.

“Downgrading historic state of Jammu and Kashmir and dividing it into two separate union territories without the consent of the people and also ignoring the resolution adopted by  J&K legislature on  March  3, 2004, to preserve the unity and the secular character of  Jammu and Kashmir state has set a precedent that any state can cease to exist as a state and can be carved up into any number of fragments any time, by placing it under Governors Rule,” said the statement. “Thereby the very existence of a  state becomes a matter of central discretion, a substantial step towards a unitary state.”

“The abrogation of  Article 35 A made the status of permanent residents redundant.  Protection of Jobs and land rights was removed arbitrarily,  which deepened the alienation and sense of insecurity in all the regions,” PAGD statement reads, adding that “the economy of J&K has virtually collapsed as tourism, trade agriculture, horticulture and Handicraft sectors were badly hit. Employment opportunities are shrinking. Is Corruption any less and Governance any better?” it asked.

“The fact remains not a single claim stands the test of the scrutiny,” it said.

A group photograph of 14 Jammu and Kashmir participants in the All Party Meeting that Prime minister Narendra Modi hosted on June 24, 2021 at his official residence. The photograph marked the beginning of the meeting.

“A process of throttling of democracy and democratic rights was initiated. The clampdown and continuous restrictions on the movement and association of the people and gagging the media has resulted in forced silence,” said the statement.

PAGD spokesman Mohammad Yousuf Tarigmai said that over the last two years it has become amply clear why the Government of India was so insistent on taking such drastic unlawful measures during these two years we have seen that people of J&k are being ripped apart into smaller units, ripped off their jobs and rights over the natural resources that are theirs.

“Unconscionable suppression of civil and democratic rights continues unabated. indiscriminate arrests and harassment of all sections of our people including employees on different pretexts continues and issuing dictates like the recent one not to provide clearance for passport and govt. services anyone involved in law and order and stone-pelting cases is one more addition,” reads the statement.

“Adverse police report can not be a substitute for being found guilty in a court of law. This amounts to a violation of the most sacred principles of the justice system,” it reads.

“The hoax of BJP,s Naya Kashmir is a joke now. The people have started questioning those in authority as to what they have achieved by destroying the Naya Kashmir,  which came into being through the protracted historic struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.  And empowered the people of all the regions and communities with dignity by liberating them from the shackles of authoritarian monarchy and ruthless feudalism,” it added.

“It was hoped that the Govt of India would realise the futility of its decisions viz a viz August 05 2019. The recent participation of J&K Leaders with the PM was a leap of faith on that hope but none of the measures required to begin rebuilding the shattered confidence of the people of J&K  has been taken. J & K remains as far from Delhi and from the Dil /heart of India as it has ever been.  Rather the distances are further widening and disheartening is deepening,” it further reads.

“We earnestly appeal to all sections of our people in each region and community to remain united and not to fall prey to the false and slanderous campaigns and divisive attempts aiming at dividing and disarming our people. We are sure that at this time of serious crises we shall not succumb but continue our struggle in defence of our rights using every opportunity through peaceful and legal means,” said PAGD in a statement.


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