PAGD terms BJP’s Naya Kashmir a joke, urges people to stay united

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On the second anniversary of abrogation of article-370, the Peoples Alliance of Gupkar declaration (PAGD) has said that ‘by demolishing the constitution of  Jammu and Kashmir by the Government it has crossed all the limits of constitutionality.’

In a statement PAGD spokesperson, M Y Tarigami said, “Downgrading historic state of Jammu and Kashmir and dividing it into two separate union territories without the consent of the  people and also ignoring the Resolution adopted by J-K legislature on 03 March 2004  to preserve the unity and the secular character of Jammu & Kashmir state has set a precedent that any state can cease to exist as a state and can be carved up into any number of fragments any time, by placing it under Governors Rule.

Thereby the very existence of a  state becomes  a matter of central discretion, a substantial step towards a unitary state.”

”Thereby the very existence of a state becomes a matter of central discretion, a substantial step towards a unitary state,” the statement said.

”The hoax of BJP’s Naya Kashmir is a joke now. The people have started questioning those in authority as to what they have achieved by destroying Jammu and Kashmir,” the PAGD leader said.

Referring to the abrogation of Article 35-A that made the status of permanent residents redundant, the statement said the protection of jobs and land rights was removed arbitrarily which deepened the alienation and sense of insecurity in all the regions.

”The economy of J&K has virtually collapsed as tourism, trade, agriculture, horticulture and handicraft sectors were badly hit. Employment opportunities are shrinking. Is corruption any less and governance any better? The fact remains not a single claim stands the test of the scrutiny,” he said.

He said the PAGD earnestly appeals to all sections of the people in each region and community to remain united and not to fall prey to the “false and slanderous campaigns and divisive attempts aiming at dividing and disarming our people.”

“We are sure that at this time of serious crises we shall not succumb but continue our struggle in defence of our rights using every opportunity through peaceful and legal means,” Tarigami said. The PAGD said a process of throttling of democracy and democratic rights was initiated.

“The clampdown and continuous restrictions on the movement and association of the people and gagging the media has resulted in forced silence. Over the last two years it has become amply clear why the government of India was so insistent on taking such drastic unlawful measures. We have seen that people of J&k are being ripped apart into smaller units, ripped off their jobs and rights over the natural resources that are theirs,” Tarigami said.

The statement said the “unconscionable suppression of civil and democratic rights continues unabated. Indiscriminate arrests and harassment of all sections of our people, including government employees, on different pretexts continues and issuing dictates like the recent one not to provide clearance for passport and government services anyone involved in ‘law and order and stone pelting cases’ is one more addition.

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