PAGD represents aspirations of people: Kamal

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National Conference (NC) Sunday said people across J&K support Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) for representing their genuine political aspirations.

A statement of NC issued here said that while addressing a public gathering in Rajouri, NC’s Additional General Secretary Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said the mainstream political parties teamed up under the leadership of NC President Farooq Abdullah to fight peacefully and constitutionally against wanton discrimination the people of J&K were facing at the hands of New Delhi under the rule of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“The alliance is emblematic of people’s aspirations and concerns across J&K on account of its democratic moorings. The notion that PAGD is anti-national is unfounded and bogus,” he said in the statement.

Kamal said that for the ruling BJP, having two flags in Nagaland was plausible but the same was “anti-national” in J&K.

“Having safeguards for jobs and land rights in Himachal and various northeastern states is also acceptable but when it comes to J&K, it is not,” he said. “It is this discrimination that we are fighting against.”

Kamal said that the successive notifications which had come from GoI post abrogation had put J&K at much lower pedestal than other states and union territories.