NC Asks Dr Abdullah To Widen Support For Gupkar Declaration

SRINAGAR: The National Conference in its all-important Political Affairs Committee meeting in Srinagar on Saturday, the first since August 5, 2019, authorized its President, Dr Farooq Abdullah to widen acceptance of Gupkar Declaration, the reiteration of which was made last weekend, a statement issued by the party said.

The meeting was presided over by Party President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah.

National Conference political affairs committee (PAC) meeting at Nawa-e-Subha on Saturday Friday, August 29,2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The statement said that the NC Vice President Omar Abdullah, General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, senior leaders Mohammad Shafi Uri, A R Rather, Mian Altaf, Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Nasir Aslam Wani, Mubarak Gul, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Sakina Itoo, Mir Saifullah, Shameema Firdous, Nazir Gurezi, Hasnain Masoodi Shammi Oberoi were present in the meeting. The party functionaries from Jammu including Devender Singh Rana, S S Salathia, Javed Rana, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, Sajjad Kithcloo participated in the meeting via a video link. From Kargil Qamar Ali Akhoon and Haji Haneefa Jan also participated in the meeting.

“The unilateral, undemocratic and unconstitutional measures undertaken by GOI, and its impact on the ground level in Jammu and Kashmir was deliberated in the PAC meeting. On the occasion, the PAC members authorized the party President to widen the acceptance of Gupkar Declaration among all the sections in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh. The participants applauded the efforts of party presidents for his efforts underway to bring different political voices on a single platform for the restoration of J&K’s honour, which was undemocratically, unilaterally and unethically rescinded on the 5th of August last year. Besides that, the members of PAC also took strong exception of the succeeding measures undertaken by New Delhi following the annihilation of Articles 370, 35-A,” reads the party statement.

The statement said that PAC members also expressed outrage over the decision undertaken on August 5, 2019, saying the measures have violated the spirit of federalism and the sovereign pledges of Union of India to the people of Jammu and Kashmir made from time to time.

“The members appreciated the peace-loving people of J&K for their peaceful response to unwholesome decisions undertaken by GOI,” said the statement.

“The PAC members vowed to stand behind the party president in his efforts to bring all political parties and other civil society groups on one platform to pitch for the restoration of what was unconstitutionally snatched from the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said.

A group photo of National Conference leaders after political affairs committee (PAC) meeting at Nawa-e-Subha on Saturday Friday, August 29,2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Party president took stock of party activities in different districts, including Kargil, Chenab, and Pir Panchal regions. The PAC members also rued the widespread administrative inertia, and development deficit in J&K and expressed concern over the state of the economy in J&K.

They also expressed dismay over the plight of people associated with agriculture, horticulture, tourism, large and small businesses, medium and small scale industries and handicraft sector, said the statement.

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