Democratic path only way to win trust of Kashmiris: Sagar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 25: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that every attempt to weaken National Conference’s organisational structure and base with people is doomed to fail.
This was stated by him while addressing a one day workers convention at Khanmoh, here today.
Among others Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, District president Srinagar Peer Afaq, senior leader GQ Pardesi, YNC Provincial president Salman Ali Sagar and Provincial women’s wing president Sabiya Qadri were also present on the occasion. The meeting was convened by vice president, Kashmir Ahsan Pardesi.
Addressing workers Sagar said, “Democratic politics has always faced serious challenges in the conflict-ridden Kashmir valley, not only in the last three decades but even prior to that. In fact, the long term roots of alienation have been traced to the distortions in democratic political space since the early 1950s.”
He said that undemocratic dismissal of Sheikh Sahib is a case in point. However NC has withstood such intrusions and fought every attempt to weaken its structure and base. “We are sore in their eyes, because we speak of our identity, because we fight for our constitutional safeguards,” he asserted.
In the recent DDC election results, people have again strengthened our hands. The march of gradually increasing space for democratic forces in Kashmir is a result of NC’s historical efforts and people know this. This is why the NC is the first and last choice of people.
In his address, Nasir said, “There is no end to Government apathy. The recent weather fury has let slip to the utter negligence and incompetency of the incumbent air dropped administration in dealing with the situation that had surfaced in wake of long spell of rains”.
The situation is no different in other sectors such as unemployment, development deficit and administrative apathy have become the bywords of Kashmir, he said.