Gupkar Alliance seeks pre-Aug 5, 2019 status in J&K and Ladakh

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The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding restoration of pre-August 5, 2019, position in J&K and Ladakh and termed the Centre’s narrative of development and normalcy ‘a facade imposed on the ground by coercion’.

The PAGD meeting on Tuesday was attended by its president Farooq Abdullah, vice president Mehbooba Mufti and others. “The people’s voice has been suppressed… We have been disgraced…but we won’t stop the struggle,” PAGD spokesman and CPM leader Muhammad Tarigami said after the meeting.

The leaders termed the dominance of non-local officers in the top level of bureaucracy discriminatory against the people of J&K and Ladakh. “The government is terminating and suspending employees just for FIR registered against them in the past. In a democratic setup when can a government assume that role?”

Targeting the Centre, the leaders said: “How many political prisoners have been released since we met the prime minister in Delhi in June this year. Why isn’t even the government giving these people in jail a fair trial?”

The PAGD parties asked for how long will the CBI and NIA be used to raid and harass J&K politicians. “The humiliation must stop as its consequences can be dangerous not just for J&K but also for the country.” he said.

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