People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration strongly condemned the summoning of Dr. Farooq Abdullah, president of the National Conference (NC), by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in a statement. The alliance has termed it as a part of vindictive politics practiced by the central government “to kill dissent and disagreement across the country and in present case to silent the genuine demand for reversal of unilateral and unconstitutional decisions of 5 August 2019 and restoration of 4 August 2019.”
Earlier, Dr Abdullah was summoned by the ED and was questioned. A local news gathering agency quoting unnamed officials reported that ED asked Dr Farooq to reach its Srinagar office at 11:30 am today and “possibly questioned regarding cricket scam”.
The alliance further reminded the central government that such tactics are not to dampen the will of people of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh, to have the constitutional status restored.
“It is stated that the central government unnerved by the unity amongst the people across all the regions and communities to pursue the goals of Gupkar Declaration and support extended to it by political parties and civil society groups at the national level is restoring to a game of witch hunt and suppression,” the statement added. “It has urged the government of India to realise the dangers in this process of witch hunting and intimidation and desist from such vindictive designs.”
“Dialogues with all stakeholders and restoration of the special status remain the only option to address the deepening uncertainty in Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh,” the alliance added in a statement.