It is now: ‘Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’

Signatories met; renamed resolution

Couldn’t attend all-party meeting due to medical emergency”: GA Mir

Suhail Khan

SRINAGAR, October 15: The signatories of the Gupkar declaration excluding J&K Congress president on Thursday met at Farooq Abdullah’s residence wherein they discussed the future course of action on their agenda.

The meeting took place a day after revocation of Public Safety Act (PSA) against Mehbooba Mufti, PDP president and former chief minister, who is one of the signatories of the Declaration. 

All the signatories of the Declaration barring Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President Ghulam Ahmad Mir participated in the meeting.

Soon after the meeting concluded, Farooq Abdullah told media persons that the resolution passed on August 4 last year by the mainstream political parties in the Valley has been re-named as “Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration”.

Farooq, who was accompanied by Mehbooba Mufti, Sajad Gani Lone, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami and others, said that on Thursday a meeting was held on Gupkar declaration and “we decided to name the resolution as Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Our motive is to fight for the restoration of August 04, 2019 position.”

Abdullah also stated that the signatories will also fight for the rights that were snatched last year from Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. “We also want that the steps be taken for the resolution of Kashmir issue and all the stakeholders should be taken on board in this regard,” he added.

Farooq further informed media persons that the next meeting of the signatories will be held in coming days and the decision taken for the future course of action will be made public on the particular day.

He added that participants also congratulated Mehbooba Mufti for her release from 14-month-long detention.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) chief GA Mir on Thursday said that he could not attend the all-party meeting convened at Gupkar Srinagar due to medical emergency, saying the matter has been brought to the notice of NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah.

According to statement issued to Kashmir Despatch Mir said in view of the visit of newly AICC I/C for J&K Smt. Rajni Patil, I remained engrossed with party meetings, followed by huge public gatherings during last 8 days in Jammu as well as in Kashmir.

In this context, I was advised by the Doctors to undergo a through Medical Check-up besides Covid-19 examination as a result, I was not able to attend all Party meeting at the residence of former Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah.

“I thought it was advisable to get myself screened in order to clear the apprehensions” Mir said, adding “I have also conveyed this medial urgency to Farooq Saheb on Phone”.

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