NC Chief Farooq Abdullah with PDP President Mehbooba Mufti and others during People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) meeting, in Srinagar. (ANI Photo)
SRINAGAR: The Centre’s move to hold an all party meeting with parties from Jammu & Kashmir has not attracted much public attention across the union territory.
The parties, as well as public in general, seem to believe that notmuch will come out of the all party meet.
The regional parties, including PDP, National Conference and People’s conference, also do not seem optimist about its outcome.
The parties expect little progress towards the realisation of their demands, like the restoration of J&K’s statehood.
However few parties, such as APNI party, headed by Altaf Bukhari, Congress and CPM have described the proposed meeting as and encouraging move.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti admitted to getting a telephone call from the officials to attend the meeting.
However, she said her party’s political affairs committee will deliberate on whether to join the meeting or not.
Sources within PDP said Mehbooba has reservations on joining the meeting as according to her the meeting is simply an exercise to show the world bodies about start of the political process in the valley with the local parties .
PDP’s main demand has been the restoration of Article 370, 35A and restoration of all special rights to the erstwhile J&K state.
“I have also received an invitation from the Central government for the meeting of all parties of Jammu and Kashmir,” National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah told ANI.
Sajad Lone of People’s conference too claimed he got a phone call from MHA for the meeting with Prime Minister Modi.
G A Mir of Congress said his party has not received any information regarding an all party meet with the Prime Minister.
Interestingly, the Gupkar Alliance spokesman Tarigami said the regional as well national opposition parties will certainly participate in the all-party meet provided it’s agenda is in line with the demand of restoration of pre-5 August, 2019 status of J&K.
The officials believe that the central leadership may focus on the developmental issues of Kashmir and also would like to get the delimitation conducted quickly.
J&K Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari said that the solution to J&K’s problems lies in New Delhi. “We openly state that we have a relation with Delhi. Solutions to J&K’s problems lie at New Delhi not Islamabad, New York or London.”
“Delhi’s invitation to J&K’s political parties is a welcome development,” Bukhari said.
Bukhari said there were three main issues: restoration of statehood, security of jobs and security of land.
“With God’s grace and support of PM Modi and HM Amit Shah we have managed security of jobs and security of land and I believe within a year or so, statehood will also be restored.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to hold an all-party meet on Jammu and Kashmir on june 24 .This will first such move taken since the abrogation of Article 370 from the region and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories in August 2019.