Ganderbal MLA Ishfaq Jabbar also pitches for NC-PDP alliance

National Conference MLA from Ganderbal Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar on Saturday joined the chorus of voices pitching for an alliance between NC and PDP that would fend off attacks on the state’s special identity and constitutional status.
Ganderbal MLA Ishfaq Jabbar also pitches for NC-PDP alliance
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National Conference MLA from Ganderbal Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar on Saturday joined the chorus of voices pitching for an alliance between NC and PDP that would fend off attacks on the state's special identity and constitutional status.

On Friday, senior PDP leader and former finance minister Syed Altaf Bukhari said PDP and NC should come together to form the government in the "larger interest" of Jammu and Kashmir.

"This is the right thing to do in the present situation when our identity is under attack," Bukhari said, referring to petitions filed in the Supreme Court and sponsored by rightwing groups seeking abrogation of Article 35A that empowers state legislature to define permanent residents of the state and grant them special privileges.

Bukhari said both NC and PDP should meet the Governor and stake claim to the government. 

"He (Governor) can't ignore us because we have the numbers. We can also work out the agenda for protection of Article 35A," he said, prompting senior National Conference leader Mian Altaf to say his party was open to Bukhari's suggestion for a united struggle to safeguard Article 35A. 

Ishfaq, a first-time legislator from Ganderbal, said in the current situation the two regional mainstream parties should join hands to fight politically and legally the challenge to Article 35A.

"The suggestion of J&K Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSC) for an alliance between National Conference and PDP is welcome. I endorse the views expressed by Syed Altaf Bukhari that NC and PDP must join hands to fight for Article 35A," Ishfaq told Greater Kashmir, adding, "these are my personal views, not party's".

"Any final decision is to be taken by party high command led by Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah," Ishfaq said.

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