SRINAGAR: Apni Party on Monday organized a high-level core group meeting held at its office in Lal Chowk Srinagar where various matters relating to the functioning of the Party and the current socio-economic-political situation in J&K were discussed in detail.
The meeting was headed by the Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari besides whom Party’s Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir, Former Minister and Apni Party Leader Mohammad Dilawar Mir, Vice Presidents Aijaz Ahmad Khan & Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, General Secretaries Rafi Ahmad Mir & Vikram Malhotra, Chief Coordinator and In-charge District Kulgam Abdul Majeed Padder, Provincial Presidents Mohammad Ashraf Mir & Manjit Singh, Additional General Secretary Hilal Ahmad Shah, State Secretary Muntazir Mohi-ud-Din, Apni Party Youth President Junaid Azim Mattoo, Media Advisor Farooq Andrabi, Provincial Vice President Jammu Syed Asgar Ali, Provincial Vice President Srinagar Jagmohan Singh Raina, Provincial Secretary Javid Mirchal, District President Srinagar Noor Mohammad Sheikh, District President Anantnag Abdul Rahim Rather, District President Kupwara Raja Manzoor, District President Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Mir, District President Baramulla Shoaib Lone, District President Ganderbal Javid Mir and District President Bandipora Shafat Kazmi.
Later while addressing the media persons, Bukhari said that Apni Party remains firm on its pragmatic stand and doesn’t change the narrative with regards to the situation, place or audience.
“There is no room for shifting stands in Apni Party while as we see that PAGD, on one hand, is speaking about the ‘No Compromise’ on Article-370 and 35A but on the same time it becomes a signatory to Opposition memorandums that don’t even mention about the restoration of these special Laws. PAGD is trying to keep the people away from development based politics through its hollow and emotional slogans. It is only because its constituents don’t want to be held accountable for their dismal failures and historical blunders committed from time to time for the sake of power,” he said.
He said it seems that the major constituents of PAGD are unable to comprehend the fast-changing geopolitical dynamics in the region and want people of J&K to perpetually get consumed to the nefarious designs of the forces inimical to peace.
“These parties continued to cling to power despite hundreds being killed and thousands being blinded under their noses. However, fear-mongering still remains a vital tool in the hands of PAGD in order to secure its vote bank as these factions want to regain their lost credibility and relevance among the people of J&K,” he remarked.
Bukhari said that Apni Party has not only safeguarded the socio-economic and legal rights of the people but also ensured measures by the government of India to create an enabling and peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are also desirous of Restoration of Special Status to J&K and we expect a favourable decision by the Supreme Court in this regard. Even if the Apex Court’s verdict disregards peoples’ aspirations, Apni Party will pursue the same with the leadership of the country,” he observed.
Referring to the remarks made by President Ram Nath Kovind during his recent visit to J&K wherein he said, democracy has within its capacity to reconcile all differences; Bukhari reiterated Apni party’s demand for restoration of Statehood and early elections in J&K.
He said that the grievances of the people are addressed by an elected and accountable government and cannot be substituted by any bureaucratic regime.
“Our demand assumes more significance in view of the remarks made by the Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs which in its recent visit to J&K expressed satisfaction over the security situation saying that militancy is at an all-time low and there have been no instances of stone-pelting in the Valley,” he observed.
Bukhari demanded that the process of delimitation should be expedited as it can catalyze the electoral process in J&K.
In the meeting, the Apni Party leaders demanded a thorough security review of political activists so that they can continue with a hassle-free political process across Jammu and Kashmir.
“Security of political activists, irrespective of their party affiliations, needs to be reviewed. Besides, we would also like to appeal to other political parties to stop their two-hoot policy and join Apni Party’s pragmatic politics in order to prevent further loss of life in J&K,” Apni Party leadership observed.
They also raised serious concerns over the exponential increase in unemployment rates while seeking stern actions against those involved in corruption irrespective of their position and status.
“Regularization of casual laborers, daily wagers, ITI Skilled, need-based, HDF, NYCs, Computer Operators and consolidated workers is a must. Similarly, infusing capital for the revival of PSUs, disbursing of salaries, pensions to PSU employees, retirees, adjudication of land compensation cases and issues faced by the mining sector across J&K need to be resolved once for all,” they said.