SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference held its first meeting in Srinagar on Tuesday in more than a year after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year.

First meeting of National Conference leaders in Srinagar since August 5, 2019, when the Centre abrogated Article 370 besides dividing the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.

The meeting was presided over by Party Chairman Sajad Gani Lone and was attended by Senior VP Abdul Gani Vakil, General Secretary Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Bashir Dar, Mohammad Abbas, Raja Aijaz, Iran Panditpori, Irfan Ansari and Adnan Ashraf Mir.

The senior leaders termed August 5 decisions as an unconscionable act of betrayal of the people of J&K. “We reject the humiliation served by Delhi on August 5. Their move was spiteful and meant to humiliate us. They have treated the Kashmiris very unfairly. It is our unanimous decision that the party will relentlessly struggle for the people of J&K,” PC party spokesperson Adnan Ashraf Mir said in a statement.

He further said that all leaders expressed full confidence in the power of a collective mechanism to espouse the cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “They, however, felt that the collective mechanism should have an organisational form and structure. The leaders expressed their full confidence in the Chairman of the party to participate and put forward the viewpoint of the party.”

The leaders also expressed deep concern over the intimidation of the journalistic fraternity while pointing out that the journalists are caught in a vicious crossfire.

“The state leaves no stone unturned to intimidate and harass them. Latest press reports suggest that non-state actors have jumped into the fray and started intimidating and threatening language. The leaders condemned any form of coercion overt or covert against the journalistic fraternity which must be allowed to do their jobs without fear of reprisal,” he added.


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