Regional parties exploited youth for their political gains: Bukhari

Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari welcomes new entrants into party fold in Srinagar.
Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari welcomes new entrants into party fold in Srinagar.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 17: Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari today said that `traditional political parties’ and their leaders have been responsible for spilling innocent blood, as they have made youth scapegoats for their own political dividends, using deceptive narratives and emotional sloganeering over the past several decades.
He urged the young population in J&K to join hands with the Apni Party in order to shape a brighter future of this region and its people.
Bukhari made these comments today while addressing an event at the party headquarters in Srinagar. The event was organised to welcome a large number of youth from Srinagar and Pampore into the party fold.
Addressing the gathering Altaf Bukhari blamed the traditional parties and their leaders for being responsible for the deaths and destruction of J&K. He said these parties and leaders deceived our youth with misleading political narratives and emotionally charged slogans, and by setting unattainable goals. They paved the way for violence and bloodshed here. As a result, we have tragically lost thousands of our young people over the years and decades. The irony persists as the families of these victims continue to suffer, with a significant number of youths still imprisoned.
The politicians who used the young population as cannon fodder for their political ambitions created empires and accumulated riches for their families during this time, he added.
Bukhari urged the youth to join hands with the Apni Party to contribute their efforts to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in Jammu and Kashmir.
Assuring people that the Apni Party would always stand by the truth and never mislead them, he said, “Our politics is based on truth and honesty. Unlike traditional parties, we will never mislead people for our political advantage.”
Those who joined the party today included prominent social and political activist from Srinagar’s Sannat Nagar, Shujaat Wani; entrepreneur Mukhtar Ahmad from Dalgate; Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh from Dalgate; Shahid Ahmad Yatoo from Pampore; Asif Ahmad Yatoo from Pampore; Tabish Mushtaq from Wanabal along with their associates.
Senior party leaders Farooq Andrabi, Jeelani Hamid Kumar, Khalid Rathore, Mohd Ashraf Dar, Ajaz Ahmad Khan, Irshad Ahmad Shah, were also present on the occasion.