Amid separatist call for shutdown, JKNPF holds 1st ever convention in Pulwama

JKNPF chairman Sanjay Kumar interacting with media during a party convention at Pulwama.
JKNPF chairman Sanjay Kumar interacting with media during a party convention at Pulwama.

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, May 21: People in South Kashmir’s Pulwama today joined a political rally organized by Jammu Kashmir Nationalist People’s Front (JKNPF) in good number despite a shutdown call given by the Mirwaiz led separatist group.
This was the first political rally after abrogation of Article 370 by the Centre in Jammu and Kashmir in the hotbed militancy area.
Addressing the rally, Party patron Sanjay Kumar said JKNPF is gaining strong ground in J&K especially in South Kashmir where youth are joining the party in huge numbers.
“The place which used to follow the Hurriyat calls, today boycotted them and came forward towards the mainstream political process. This is a big achievement visible on the ground and positive move towards ‘Badal-ta-Hua’ Kashmir, he added.
Click here to watch video
The youth are very much concerned about their future and this is a good beginning towards a vibrant Kashmir,” he said, adding, that such attitude, efforts and dedication of people especially youngsters will lead to peaceful and developed Kashmir.
Party president Shiekh Muzaffar welcoming the new members who joined the party at Pulwama, said that together we can achieve milestones for a better Kashmir where everyone will live a peaceful life.
“These young people of Kashmir need jobs, peaceful life and a vibrant economy. They want a bright future and JKNPF assures them a better life ahead. People should show an exit door to family politics and so-called well wishers of Kashmir who have bungalows and properties outside Kashmir and who believe in separatist ideology,” he added.
Pertinently, a shutdown call was given today by separatist leader Umar Farooq on the death anniversary of his father Molvi Farooq. However, there was no such response as markets remained abuzz with shoppers and traffic continued to ply normally.