SRINAGAR: Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Sunday said that, unlike traditional political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, Apni Party does not believe in the politics of deceit and lies; We have an unambiguous policy and a clear agenda, and we are working for the sustained peace, prosperity, and development of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Bukhari was speaking in a public rally at the Palhallan area of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday morning.

He got a rousing reception from the people of Palhallan in the rally, which was organized by the party’s youth leader Javaid Iqbal and his companions.

The young party workers wearing the same colour outfit greeted the visiting leader with traditional music and drum beats. They were raising slogans hailing Apni Party’s visiting leaders at the venue.

According to a press statement issued here, Syed Altaf Bukhari while addressing the people said, “I am pleased to see such a large public gathering in this area that has been always exploited by the traditional political parties and their leaders for their vested interests. This huge public meeting indicates an optimistic change of mood of the people of Palhallan. Since Apni Party stands for sustained peace, prosperity, and development of Jammu and Kashmir, your presence shows that you support our policy and agenda.”

He added, “I know that the Palhallan is the least developed area in the whole area of Pattan. Sadly, you have allowed the politicians with their vested interests to exploit your sentiments over the years. These so-called leaders have created empires for themselves during past more than seventy years. They ensured jobs for the kith and kin in government departments and private sector Banks. Their children study in West and Europe, while as they made you cannon fodder for their political and monitory gains. It pains me to see that more than two hundred youngsters from this area are presently behind the bars. Do our young people deserve this? Why are our kids for graveyards and jails only?  and why are the kids of these so-called leaders there to hold public offices and rule the masses? It is your responsibility to understand their deceitful politics, and not allow their further exploitation. The time has come to change the scenario for the better. Our young boys should be out of jails so that they would play a vital role in the process of prosperity and development of Palhallan.”

Pertinently, a dominant majority of the people in Palhallan have been victims of violence and bloodshed over the years. People here have seen death, and destruction over the period of past more than thirty years. The Apni Party is the first mainstream party to outreach the people here and organize such a huge public meeting.

While talking about the abrogation of article 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution, Bukhari said, “Nobody is happy about what was done on August 5, in 2019. But, let me tell you that we can have all our rights back only from New Delhi, not from the US. Only the creators of the problem are able to resolve it. Apni party will not leave any stone unturned to safeguard the rights of the J&K people. However, we do not want people to die for what can be achieved through peaceful and political means. Therefore, I request you not fall prey to the deceitful politics of the traditional political parties again. They want death and destruction to be continued for their political and personal gains.”

The prominent Apni Party leaders who were present at the rally include Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir, Provincial President Mohammad Ashraf Mir, District President Baramulla and former legislator Shoaib Lone, Youth leader and former MLA Yawar Mir, Party Coordinator North Kashmir Fazal Mehmood Beigh, Provincial Secretary Altaf Malik, Party’s Provincial Convener Legal Cell Kashmir Advocate Sajad Ibrahim Wani, former President Municipal Council Baramulla Umar Kakroo, Intikhab Ahmad, Khursheed Khan, Dilshad Ahmad, Ghulam Rasool Dar, Abdul Rashid Sopori, Irfan Khan, Basharat Ahmad, and others.

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