SRINAGAR : Vice-chairman of district development council Kupwara and Former Congress leader, Haji Farooq Ahmad Mir joined the People’s Conference on Sunday along with his hundreds of workers.
He was welcomed into the party fold by PC Chairman Sajad Gani Lone at his residence today. Senior VP Abdul Gani Vakil was also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, PC Chairman said that Haji Farooq has a lot of struggle behind him and is widely respected by the people in his area.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Haji sahib along with hundreds of workers into the Peoples Conference family. This is a march; new people are coming into the Peoples Conference. Like me, Farooq has a lot of struggle behind him. He has a lot of goodwill and is widely respected for the work he has done for his people,” said Lone.
“A number of prominent political leaders are joining the Caravan of Change. I am confident that our team will be able to navigate the people of J&K through these difficult and challenging times,” he said.
“We have already emerged as a formidable political force. Together, hopefully, we will write a new chapter in the frontier district. There are many more leaders who are going to join the party in the coming days and weeks,” he said.
Responding to a question on the challenges faced by the leadership in J&K, Sajad said that the leaders can’t afford to act in a manner which will hurt the interests of the people of J&K.
“Nothing started on August 5 and nothing ended on August 5. Safeguarding the interests of the people, especially the youth of J&K is the biggest leadership skill in the current times. It is a long game; the leadership will have to be patient if we want to achieve something for the people of J&K,” he added.
Responding to a question on disappointment in certain camps about the lack of delivery after the All-Party Meeting, Sajad Lone said that he did not have any disillusionment about the outcome of the meeting.
“Disappointment after August 5 has galloped. I did not have any disillusionment about the All-Party Meeting. It was a social interaction, a political interaction and an exchange of ideas. I personally did not expect anything from the meeting. I just hope the Centre follows up on it with something concrete. It is imperative that there is no communication gap between the Centre and the people of Kashmir. Continued engagement is the need of the hour,” he added.
Mir hails from Lolab area of Kupwara district, is currently the vice—chairman District Development Kupwara (DDC). He contested the recently held DDC election as an independent candidate, from Wavoora segment of the Lolab constituency. He polled more than 10,000 votes, the highest in Kashmir valley and won by a margin of more than 5000 votes, the second highest margin victory in the Kashmir valley.
He also contested parliament election from Baramulla consistency on Congress ticket.
His joining will certainly give an edge to the PC in Lolab Assembly constituency and put the party in a dominant position.
Speaking on the occasion, Haji Farooq Ahmed Mir said that It is a matter of satisfaction that the Peoples Conference is emerging as a formidable political force in J&K.
“I genuinely believe that party chairman Sajad Lone is the only leader capable can take the people of J&K out of the current impasse and deliver for the people of Kashmir. I will work alongside the party’s rank and file in ensuring that the party’s flag flies high across all regions of J&K,” he said.
PC senior leaders including Nazir Ahmed Laway, Fayaz Ahmed Mir, Bashir Ahmed Dar, Raja Aijaz Ali, Irfan Panditpori, Spokesperson Adnan Ashraf Mir, General Secretary Youth Mudasir Karim among others were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, former MLC, Advocate Murtaza Khan, former parliamentarians Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz, DDC Chairman Baramulla, Safina Baig and former Deputy Mayor of Srinagar, Sheikh Mohammad Imran joined peoples conference.