Srinagar, July 03: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) Sunday announced its exit from the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) – an alliance formed for restoration of Article 370 and 35 (A).
President JKPM, Dr.Ghulam Mustafa Khan told Rising Kashmir that due to “pathetic approach” of the constituents of PAGD and “non-seriousness” of leaders towards the objective of the alliance, the JKPM has decided to distance itself from the PAGD for the larger interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the JKPM was being used just as a tool with the Gupkar Alliance, however, having no clear road map.
“The alliance is left of only National Conference and PDP, who want their traditional family rule to continue in Jammu and Kashmir,” he alleged.
“We reached out to almost every single member of the PAGD and demanded a clear cut road map, which till date we never got,” he said and added,
“The alliance was formed to fight collectively for restoration of the lost identity of J&K and for the aspirations of youth and development of J&K but, unfortunately, the PAGD has no clear road map. The NC and PDP want their family rule to continue in J&K.”
Dr. Khan asserted there was no PAGDs lawyer in the Supreme Court to contend the abrogation of Article 370 and 35 (A).
“We don’t want the JKPM to be a part of any political conspiracy in future against the people of J&K that’s why the party has decided to quit the alliance.”
He also said that the PAGD has failed to carry out awareness programs in masses.
“When they (NC and PDP) can hold conventions in the Pir Panchal region and elsewhere, why haven't they held any program so far for the interest of Article 370 & 35 (A)?,” he questioned.
He also said that the JKPM will decide its future strategy soon and added, “If need arises, we will join hands with like-minded groups for the larger interest of J&K.”
PAGD, an umbrella of different political parties in Kashmir was formed after August 5, 2019 to oppose the centre’s decision on abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to the erstwhile state of J&K.