PAGD was created to mislead people: Altaf Bukhari

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Aug 7: Taking a dig at the Gupkar Alliance (PAGD), Apni Party president Syed Mohd Altaf Bukhari today said that the traditional political parties have joined hands only for their own political gains.
He said, “Had these parties been sincere to their so-called cause, they would have shunned their individual identity to make their claims feel genuine. The truth is, these power-hungry parties are trying to hoodwink people in the name of this professed alliance.”
Bukhari was addressing party’s joining function in Kulgam, where, a renowned political activist Tahir Riyaz Reshi joined the Apni Party along with large number of companions.
While addressing the gathering, Bukhari said, “Apni Party believes in constructive politics, thus, we will not say or do anything which would push our youth to the bleak future or land them into the jails or graveyards.”
He added, “In post-August 5, 2019 situation, when there was evident hopelessness in whole J&K and people feared that their identity would be snatched away, Apni Party took lead to ensure protection to the rights of J&K people on their agriculture land and jobs here.”
“At the time, there was total chaos and uncertainty in J&K and even traditional political parties chose to be tight-lipped. Even though we had no public mandate, we met Prime Minister and made New Delhi come with a clear-cut assurance about the protection of J&K people’s right on land and jobs,” he claimed.
Revealing Apni Party’s objectives Bukhari said, “We are committed to working for a better future for J&K and its people. We cannot let our youth suffer continually. We ought to put an end to the protracted conflict situation on our land. Apni Party’s key agenda is to work for sustained peace, durable prosperity, and long-term development, which will eventually augur political and economic empowerment for J&K people and open up the opportunities for our youth. We will continue to strive for the restoration of statehood to J&K and other constitutional rights for its people,” he added.
Demanding Assembly elections in J&K, Bukhari said that “ Lt Governor’s Rule cannot be alternative to an elected Government in any part of the country.”
Senior party leaders, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Rafi Ahmed Mir, Mohd Ashraf Mir, Abdul Majeed Padder, Bashir Ahmad Malik,  Mushtaq Ahmad and others were also present on the occasion.