Srinagar: In a maiden party convention held in the old Srinagar on Thursday, Apni Party President Altaf Bukhari, while adding to the recent flutter in the politics of Jammu and Kashmir, took a dig at People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti saying he “fails to understand the politics the PDP chief is practicing”.
“Usually I don’t want to comment on statements made by Mehbooba ji. She makes different comments at different places. The stage that was set-up for her in Delhi where she made a statement that contesting polls was not her interest at the moment. Although it seemed that she wanted to assure people of Jammu and Kashmir who are at the receiving end that she will stay away from polls, but the reality I derive from these statements is that she either wants to quit politics or she is quite scared” said Bukhari.
“Those who have forayed into politics must leave their fate on people’s verdict. Mehbooba ji will need to decide what sort of politics is she endorsing. I fail to understand her type of politics. Apni Party is out to serve people and no one had asked us to join politics. If people like our way, we will surely participate in the elections which are held in near future” said Bukhari.
Bukhari said that “those who are responsible for killing hundreds of innocents during their rule don’t deserve to protest and hold sit-in at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi”. He said “they should first give answers about the innocent killings and then should sit at Jantar Mantar”.
Bukhari while addressing a massive party workers convention held wherein SMC Corporator Tanveer Pathan along with his scores of associates joined Apni Party and said that his party was committed to restoring the pristine glory of Shahar-e-Khas which had been acutely neglected and ignored by the successive governments with regards to essential infrastructural development, he said.
A statement of Apni Party issued here said that addressing a party workers convention at Doonipora, Imamia Park, Zadibal, Bukhari said, “Shehar-e-Khas has always remained the epicenter of cultural, artistic, educational and commerce related activities in Srinagar but in current times it immensely lags in infrastructural facilities. There is a huge developmental inequity in comparison to the other areas of district Srinagar. The Apni Party will ensure that the lost prestige and glory of Shahar-e-Khas is restored.”
He said citing the law and order situation to halt prayers at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar was unjustified and the administration should allow devotees to observe prayers in its premises without any delay.
“Holding obligatory prayers is the religious right of every citizen. The administration in coordination with the management of Jamia Masjid and local inhabitants should ensure that people observe prayers without any impediments besides maintaining a vigil on law and order situation as well,” Bukhari said.
He urged the administration and the Department of Handicrafts to announce a one-time loan waiver for the artisans keeping in view the prevailing economic situation.
“These artisans are economically broke. They cannot even feed their families now. The government must take humane consideration over this matter and waive off the artisan loans on a compassionate basis. They should also be provided with further economic aid so that they can start afresh and buy the required raw material,” Bukhari said.
Talking about the deteriorated condition of Khushalsar, Gilsar, and Anchar lakes, Bukhari said that the onus of conserving these natural water bodies lies on Lake Conservation and Management Authority (LCMA) and urged them to initiate a cleanliness drive at the earliest.
“These natural lakes are dying a silent death due to the administrative apathy and there is no accountability over it. The LCMA should put in efforts to rejuvenate and conserve these lakes which can even bolster tourism activities in the area,” he said.
On this occasion, Party Provincial President Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Mayor SMC and Party Youth President Junaid Azim Mattu, District President Srinagar Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Youth General Secretary Muzaffar Reshi, Youth Provincial President Khalid Rathore, Party Leader Mir Imaad, District Organisor Parvez Ahmad, Coordinator Zadibal Showkat Mir, Party Leader, Provincial Secretary Youth Imran Bhat, Provincial Joint Secretary Mohammad Dilawar Dar, Provincial Youth Organisor Adil Bhat and Apni Party Leader and Corporator SMC Mohammad Ashraf Palpori.