SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday asserted that spiteful measures undertaken by the GOI on August 5th last year have not fared well in any region of J&K and that the party will fight for the restoration of the unique identity of J&K.
A meeting of district Srinagar party functionaries, which was presided over by Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, was held here at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha. Party’s Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, Provincial President Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani, Treasurer Shammi Oberoi, Vice PP Muhammad Syed Akhoon, YNC Provincial President Kashmir Salman Ali Sagar, women wing President Kashmir Er Sabiya Qadri, Provincial Secretary Showkat Ahmed Mir, District President Srinagar Peer Afaq also addressed the meet. Among others, GN Bhat, J S Azad, Ahsan Pardesi, Jahangir Yaqoob Wani, Mudasir Shahmiri, GN Tailbali, Qaisar Jalali were also present. The meet saw large participation of workers, functionaries and delegates from across district Srinagar.
In his maiden address to the workers and functionaries after his release from yearlong incarceration Party’s General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar expressed gratitude to the workers and party functionaries for holding the party flag high during the most tumultuous and challenging times post unilateral abrogation of state’s unique constitutional status. He also expressed deep anguish over the confabulations which were churned out to demean and dismember the people’s representatives of Jammu and Kashmir, saying the bond that National Conference shares with the people of J&K is age-old and watered by the mutual trust.
“Our party has survived various watershed moments since its inception on account of its deep-seated connection with the people of J&K, saying that the party will continue to mirror the aspirations of the people of J&K. No power on earth can brush-off National Conference from the political scene of J&K since we draw our sustenance from people. It is the trust of people, and the sacrifice of our numerous leaders, workers, associates and delegates that has kept us going. Time has again proven that National Conference is the true representative voice of the people of J&K. The unity amongst the rank and file of the party; the perseverance and forbearance which was exhibited by our workers, functionaries during the times when the leadership was behind the bars is worth appreciation. Time has again proven that NC is not just a party, but a movement. Today J&K is at crossroads, the democracy has been lent dysfunctional, opposition repressed, political voices dismembered and the economy in shambles; the onset of the global pandemic has only aggravated the already grim scenario prevailing post august measures of last year. Every single sector is ailing, what good has been achieved by the successive elected governments since 1996 has been put into a chasm. Keeping up with its conviction, our party will keep on representing the aspiration of people,” he said.
Party’s Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said that the National Conference owing to its representative character and deep-rooted bond with the people of J&K has been in a line of fire from such forces as are inimical towards the genuine interests of the people of J&K. He said that the way the party remained together since August last year shows how deeply rooted the party is amongst the people of J&K. “Politics for us is a medium to serve people and give voice to the socio-political aspirations of the people of J&K. The party has a deep-rooted interest in the socio-political emancipation of the masses of J&K, exclusive of all prejudices and exclusiveness. The tragedy that befell on us on the 5th of August last year has deeply enraged us but has failed to dent our determination. The way the peace-loving people of J&K withstood the assault on their identity also merits appreciation. The measures have also not fared well in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. People in every region of J&K are worrisome about the future of their kids. Far from bringing the promised dividends claimed by the ruling dispensation the measures undertaken on 5th of august last year have plunged the entire J&K into chaos. You name anything, every single vital sector of the economy is in shambles, and people see no light at the end of the tunnel. We on our part continue to work on the sacred mission of restoring what was snatched from the people of J&K on August 5, 2019. Peace, harmony, equity, equality have long been the star attractions of our politics which we have inherited from Sher-e-Kashmir, will continue to be the cornerstone of our struggle,” he said.