September 2020 News

At PDP's First Meeting, Leaders Hit Out At Centre

16 September 2020
The Tribune

Srinagar: The PDP on Wednesday held the first meeting of its party leaders after the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year. And in the very first meeting, the party leaders hit out at the Narendra Modi-led government for 'brazen duplicity' on Kashmir and emphasised that the 'constitutional fraud' perpetrated on the people of J&K and the subsequent 'bulldozing of constitutional rights' will always remain 'unacceptable and will be fought uncompromisingly'. The party also sought release of all political detainees, including party president Mehbooba Mufti. 'On the one hand, the BJP is participating in dialogue with Taliban, talking reconciliation with the PLA who have invaded Ladakh and discussing with Nagaland insurgents desperate constitution and flag and on the other hand, using anything, but dialogue to deal with the mess created by them after illegal scrapping of special status of J&K. This is unacceptable,' the party leaders said during the meeting. The party reaffirmed its pledge to continue fighting for the aspirations and rights of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. The meeting was organised by the youth wing of the PDP, which had written to the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, on September 14 requesting him to allow them to hold a meeting in Srinagar. The UT Government had faced sharp criticism when they foiled the first proposed meeting of the PDP on September 3. The meeting was presided over by party vice-president AR Veeri and general secretary GN Lone Hanjura and attended by Khurshid Alam, Waheed Parra and Aijaz Mir, all of whom stepped out of their homes for the first time since they were detained on August 5, 2019. Waheed Parra said they could not afford to remain silent any longer. 'We demand an immediate end to ruling regimes denial of the political problem. Our people have endured a brutal clampdown and the world's longest Internet slowdown,' Parra said.