Jammu: Peoples’ Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Tuesday expressed shock and disappointment over the draft recommendations of the Delimitation Commission and said it was “highly divisive” and would “further disempower Kashmiris”.
To register its protest, the alliance also announced to organise a peaceful protest at 11 am on January 1 at Srinagar.
In its maiden meeting in Jammu province, the Alliance constituents asserted that the panel’s recommendations were bound to widen the gaps between regions and communities and were unacceptable to the people.
They also appealed to the people, mainly Gujjars and Pahari communities to “remain united and not fall prey to the divisive and disruptive designs of BJP”.
The meeting held at the residence of National Conference (NC) President and the former chief minister Farooq Abdullah was attended by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti and PAGD spokesman Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami besides representatives of other PAGD constituents.
Later addressing the media, Tarigami said that the draft recommendations were neither in the interest of the people of J&K nor in the interest of the country and if implemented, would have “dangerous implications”.
“Jammu belongs to all of us. We are not against Jammu. But there should be some criteria. As delimitation is to be based on the 2011 census, the population should be the criterion,” Tarigami said.
NC’s Member of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi said that during the meeting of associate members with the commission, NC shared reservations against its draft.