PAGD Adopts Erstwhile State Flag As Alliance Symbol

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SRINAGAR: Members of newly formed ‘Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’ on Saturday announced the formal structure of the alliance and elected Farooq Abdullah as its president, Mehbooba Mufti as vice president, Sajad Lone as spokesman, NC MP Hasnain Masoodi as coordinator and CPIM leader MY Tarigami as its convener.

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Leaders of “Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration” addressing a press conference at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence on October 24, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The announcement on behalf of the Alliance was made by Sajad Lone, soon after the meeting of Alliance partners at Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence ended.

While disclosing that the symbol of party will be the flag of the erstwhile state of J&K, Sajjad Lone said, “On November 17, there will be a convention in Srinagar. Within two weeks, there will be a meeting in Jammu also.”

On this occasion the Alliance president Dr Farooq Abdullah said, “We will issue a white paper or document in a month’s time to counter the propaganda of BJP about Kashmir, which it has been running about Kashmir.”

Farooq Abdullah while addressing the media said, “We are anti-BJP, but not anti-nationals, the sole aim of the Alliance is to ensure that the rights of people of J&K and Ladakh are restored.”

“Attempts of dividing us in the name of religion will fail as it is not a religious fight,” he said.

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