Pulwama, July 28: Apni Party (AP) president, Syed Mohammad AltafBukhari Wednesday said that traditional political parties and their leaders had made Kashmiri’s believe that they were protectors of constitutional articles but on August 5, 2019 all of us came to know that they had been misleading us all these years and decades.
He said August 5, 2019 occurrences have challenged the J&K people to decide whether they will continue pursuing “unachievable goals” or set a fresh political narrative and attainable goals to ensure a better and dignified future.
While addressing a daylong party convention in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Bukhari said the abrogation of Article 370 and 35(A) has crumpled down the political narrative of regional political parties in J&K.
“The traditional political parties and their leaders had made us believe that they were saviours of our constitutional rights but on August 5, 2019, we came to know they had been misleading us all these years and decades,” Bukhari said.
He said post-August 2019, people of Jammu and Kashmir are facing the blunt question that whether they should continue pursuing the emotional political narrative of the traditional parties or set a renewed political narrative which will enable them to protect their political and economic rights in the changed scenario.
While addressing the gathering, he asked people to introspect to understand the emotional politics and setting unattainable goals that have brought only miseries and deaths to them.
“For years and decades, the politics of traditional political parties remained dominant by the deceptive narratives around plebiscite, autonomy, self-rule, Azadi, and so on. We have seen thousands of our youngsters dying pursuing these unachievable goals. Now, we have to decide whether we let the killing spree continue or put a stop to it for a better future,” he added.
“I would say that we must protect our young generation from further misery and deaths, strive for a better future and attainable goals in a peaceful manner. As a society, we cannot afford to continue the death and destruction on this land for an endless time,” he also added.
He said we can bring change in a peaceful manner for a better future. “Let us give peace a chance. As a society we can build fresh political narrative and set attainable goals to achieve. We shouldn’t follow the same goals and deceitful political narrative that has brought us nowhere,” he said.
He further said that the Apni Party believes that sustained peace will pave way for everything that should matter to us.
“It is the people of J&K who need a peaceful atmosphere for moving ahead. Only peace will ensure prosperity and development on this land and will empower the inhabitants,” he added.
Referring to the traditional political parties, Apni Party President said, “These power-hungry political parties fought with each other to manage their presence in the power corridors, and now they have got united, again to get the power. They are least bothered about the future of the people, especially our young generation. The so-called leaders have built empires for themselves over the years, but common people are still grappling to make ends meet,” he added.
He cautioned, “Be aware of deceitful politics. Earlier they would say that they will protect the Article 370 and 35A, now when these Articles are gone, they try to mislead you by saying that they will get these Articles back. I assure you that they have no authority or influence to get all that back that has been snatched from us on August 5, 2019. They are lying and trying to allure you only to attain power for themselves.”
The convention was attended by senior party leaders which include Ghulam Hassan Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Ashraf Mir and others.
Bukhari extends support to Jammu Bar Association
Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammed AltafBukhari Wednesday extended support to the demand of Jammu Bar Association which is seeking construction of a multi-storey building to house all kinds of judicial works.
In his statement, AltafBukhari said that the Jammu Bar Association has been protesting in support of their genuine demands and these demands shall be accepted by the government at the earliest without delaying it further as it has generated anguish among the advocates.
He also demanded construction of a housing colony for the lawyers of Jammu as well as in Kashmir to ensure a better livelihood with all facilities.