New Delhi’s JK outreach: After PDP, NC to take final call in PAGD meet today

Srinagar, June 21:National Conference (NC) Monday decided to take a final on all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled for June 24 after attending meeting of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Tuesday. The decision was taken today in its intra-party deliberation during which NC president Farooq Abdullah met several senior party leaders to decide about their participation in all party meeting with Prime Minister. A day earlier, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had also reserved its decision till PAGD meet. 

“The deliberation within the party has concluded today. The party will take the final decision after the PAGD meeting tomorrow,”  Senior NC leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi told Rising Kashmir.

The Government of India (GoI) has invited all regional parties from Jammu and Kashmir for a meeting on June 24 in New Delhi.  The meeting is likely to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence.

As many as 14 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, including four former chief ministers – Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti – of the erstwhile state are among the invitees.  

Masoodi, who is a coordinator of the PAGD, said that all the political parties in the Alliance are united to fight for the democratic rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Our goal is to restore the dignity of the people, and there is no compromise on it. All political parties are on the same page,” he said.

Congress also held consultations with senior party leadership of  Jammu and Kashmir over the issue of all-party meet.

JKPCC President G A Mir organised and co-ordinated the meeting with the former leader of the opposition (lop) in Rajya Sabha and senior AICC leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and AICC incharge of JK affairs Rajni Patil.

The party leaders decided to have  another round of high-level meetings scheduled for 5 pm on Tuesday under the chairmanship of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Peoples Conference (PC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone also got into a huddle today with party leaders for  deliberations on New Delhi’s all-party-meet initiation. 

“The participants expressed their appreciation for the initiative of the Prime Minister and hoped that this engagement would evolve into something much bigger and facilitate return to democracy and empowerment of the people of J&K,” PC spokesperson Adnan Ashraf Mir said.

Mir said the participants unanimously emphasised on scripting of a new social contract between Delhi and the people of J&K to address the aspirations of the people of J&K.

“There is a lot of pain and suffering prevalent in J&K. There are many harsh ground realities that the Prime Minister should be aware of. We feel that we must express and inform the PM of our pain and suffering,” Mir said. “Post-August 5, there is a dire need for scripting a new social contract between Delhi and the people of J&K to address the aspirations of the people of J&K.”

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