The meeting was attended by PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, Mehboob Beg, NC’s Farooq Abdullah, Awami National Conference’s Muzaffar Shah, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) Javaid Mustafa and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader MY Tarigami. (Photo: India Today/Pooja Shali)
Leaders of Jammu and Kashmir People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (JKPGAD) met in Srinagar on Wednesday evening. The meeting, which took place at People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti’s residence, came amid rumours flying thick and fast about the probable re-organisation of the Union Territory.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who is the president of the alliance, said, “They (central government) will do what they want. We have also heard the chatter but we are not aware of details. We pray everyone’s future will be kept safe. Delimitation issue is subjudice and Supreme Court’s reply is awaited. We hope any court response will be read and considered. Then we shall decide.”
Leaders maintained they met after six months due to Covid-19 restrictions in place. The meeting was attended by PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti, Mehboob Beg, NC’s Farooq Abdullah, Awami National Conference’s Muzaffar Shah, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement (JKPM) Javaid Mustafa and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader MY Tarigami.
“We have faced everything together and want to assure the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh that we will always raise their voices, whether in Parliament or elsewhere. Do not misunderstand us. We shall be on the side of people, who are suffering,” said MY Tarigami.
Reiterating their stand of August 4, 2019 (a day before Article 370 was abrogated and Kashmiri leaders were arrested), Farooq Abdullah quoted his father Sheikh Abdullah and said, “Like him, I will stay in fire and douse the flames. We will fight in Parliament and raise issues.”
While Mehbooba Mufti did not reveal any specific reason behind the meeting, Farooq Abdullah added, “Our doors are never shut. If and when called (by Centre), we will go.”
The Gupkar Alliance is a coalition of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir. It was established last year and is in favour of the restoration of statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and Article 370 that granted special status to the erstwhile state.