The political parties signatories of the Gupkar Declaration, which vows to “fight for restoration of J&Ks special status”, will be meeting at the residence of National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday afternoon. This will be the first full meeting of the political parties after over one year even as they had passed a resolution reaffirming their stand on August 22 this year after they issued the declaration on August 4, 2019, a day before the Government of India scrapped the special Constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.
On Wednesday, NC vice-president Omar Abdullah who along with the senior Abdullah called on Mehbooba Mufti at her official residence said “all the signatories will be holding a meeting on Thursday 4 pm”.
Addressing media persons after the interaction with Mufti, Omar said the “prevailing political situation and the way forward for the Gupkar Declaration will be discussed in the meeting to be held on Thursday.”
“In order to discuss the prevailing political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a decision has been taken to hold an all party meeting on Thursday 4 pm at Dr Farooq sahab’s residence. The agenda of the political parties with regard to the Gupkar Declaration will be discussed tomorrow,” Omar said. “Dr Farooq sahab requested Mehbooba ji to be a part of the meeting tomorrow so that all the signatories could also be invited for the meeting to which she has agreed upon,” Omar said.
However, Omar said the Abdullahs had called on Mufti on Thursday only to “know her well being,” without any political issues to be discussed.
“We are here today without any political motive and only wanted to know about her well being after she was released from over 14-month long detention,” Omar said.
Later in the day, Omar took to Twitter to describe the interaction and wrote: “My father & I called on @MehboobaMufti Sahiba this afternoon to inquire about her well being after her release from detention. She has kindly accepted Farooq Sb’s invitation to join a meeting of the Gupkar Declaration signatories tomorrow afternoon.”
Replying to Omar’s Tweet, Mehbooba wrote: “It was nice of you & Farooq sahab to come home. It gave me courage listening to him. I’m sure together we all can change things for the better.”
Later in the day, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone also met Mufti at her residence.
Mehbooba had released an audio message on Twitter after her release late Tuesday night where she had termed August 5, 2019, a ‘black day.’