Srinagar, June 9: The signatories of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of various political parties, on Wednesday stated that there has been "no change in their stance on the declaration made on August 4, 2019.”
The leaders held a meeting at the former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence where they discussed several issues and appointed Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami as new spokesman of the amalgam. The meeting was chaired by National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Abdullah who is also PAGD president said the amalgam would “continue to fight for the rights of people and its doors are open for all to join them”. When asked if he will resign as Member of Parliament in case any further degradation of the erstwhile state takes place, Abdullah said rather than quitting, he would fight for the rights of people in the Parliament. “I will not quit. I will rather fight for my people in the Parliament,” he said.
Tarigami, who was appointed as the spokesman of the amalgam, said that it will “never leave any stone unturned for the betterment of the people”. “PAGD will use every opportunity for the wellbeing of the people,” Tarigami said. The meeting was also attended by Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami, Hasnain Masoodi, Javid Mustafa Mir, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah and Mehboob Beg.
The PAGD is a group of several regional political parties that was formed to restore the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, and had contested the District Development Council (DDC) polls jointly.