Had no 'dinner meeting' with any PAGD leader: Altaf Bukhari

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Apni Party President Altaf Bukhari Friday rebutted a news report mentioning some dinner meeting between him and a leader of the Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) that had purportedly taken place in New Delhi.

In a statement issued here, Bukhari while referring to the news report said that he was not at all interested about the formation, composition or any kind of split within PAGD which came into existence in J&K by propagating “lies and deceit” among the people.

“Such a superficial alliance was formed to make its allies relevant among the people in a politically-hostile atmosphere. These parties have always duped the people of J&K for the last over 70 years through hollow and misleading slogans. People know that this alliance will collapse on its own,” he said in the statement.

Bukhari said it hardly needs any political machination to engineer fissures within a “politically opportunistic alliance” that was primarily formed without any sincerity of the purpose.

“I haven’t participated in any dinner meeting in New Delhi as has been reported by a news agency. PAGD may develop cracks on its own but there are few political elements within this formation who will like to wash their dirty linen in public by spreading such canards through the media,” he said in the statement.

Bukhari said the PAGD had started feeling the heat from the ground as the people want results from it on its poll promises and tall claims made by its leadership since its inception.

“It seems that the PAGD leadership is now trying to maneuver a new political model to hoodwink the people before next elections attributing its absolute failure to the imminent breakup within this amalgam,” he said in the statement. 

Bukhari said that on the other hand, Apni Party had from day one made its socio-economic and political agenda clear among the people and it was committed to what it had claimed in the public.