SRINAGAR, July 30: Former PDP leader and ex-MLA Poonch Shah Mohammad Tantray alongwith his associates joined Apni Party at its office in Lal Chowk here today.
Welcoming Tantray into party-fold, Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari expressed confidence that his joining will boost the Party cadres and increment their morale in Pir Panjal region.
“I have a special affinity with Pir Panjal region, especially district Poonch where I had the privilege to serve as the Incharge District Development Board in 2015-16. The district has a huge potential for growth and development provided it gets the right leadership,” he remarked.
Bukhari lauded the work done by Tantray as an MLA in his constituency and described him as a true representative of the people. “Tantray Saheb would always raise and pursue the issues and problems faced by the people in Poonch and that is the spirit required to become a leader of the masses. I am happy that his joining Apni Party has provided us a chance to work again as colleagues and friends to serve the people,” he added.
On this occasion, Tantray thanked Apni Party leadership for rising to the occasion and becoming the voice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir at a time when all other traditional parties had adopted a criminal silence.
“It is not only the practical agenda of Apni Party but I have witnessed Mr Bukhari’s delivery as a minister on the ground that was even acknowledged by the opposition parties at that time,” he added.
The former MLA Poonch pledged to work tirelessly to strengthen the party base in Pir Panjal region especially in district Poonch where its popularity is gaining momentum with every passing day.
Meanwhile, former Congress Block vice president Poonch Mukhtar Ahmad Khari along with his associates also joined Apni Party on the occasion.