JKPM walks out of PAGD

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Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 3: The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) today parted ways with Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).
President JKPM, Dr. Mustafa Khan said that JKPM was being used just as a tool by the Gupkar alliance. He said the amalgam has no clear roadmap.
The alliance, Khan said, is left of only National Conference and PDP, who, he asserted, want their traditional family rule to persist in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We reached out to almost every single member of PAGD and demanded a clear-cut roadmap, which till date we never got,” he said.
“The alliance was formed to fight collectively for restoration of the snatched identity of J&K and for the aspirations of youth and development of J&K but unfortunately the PAGD has no clear road map. All they (NC & PDP) want is their family rule to persist in J&K,” he said.
He asserted that there was no PAGD’s lawyer in Supreme Court to contend the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A. “We don’t want JKPM to be part of any political conspiracy in future against people of J&K that’s why JKPM has decided to leave the PAGD”, Khan said.
The JKPM president said there have been instances when both the parties (PDP and NC) first fought elections against BJP and later remained allies with them when in power. “This only shows that they have not maintained a clear stand in the past and it is evident as of now also”, he said.
Dr. Mustafa said that future strategy of the party will be announced at the appropriate time anytime soon.
The PAGD, a conglomerate of different political parties in Kashmir was formed after August 5, 2019 to oppose the Centre’s decision on abrogation of Article 370, which granted special status to the erstwhile State.