On Tuesday, Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari expressed deep concern over how some of the political parties are trying to compromise the dignity of the people of J&K by conspiring against the fundamental right of the people to have their Statehood returned to them.
In a statement issued here, Bukhari vowed that Apni Party would stay with its pledge and struggle until the Statehood restored to Jammu and Kashmir. “There will be no compromise on this demand, come what may,” he remarked.
Bukhari said that since its inception, Apni Party in March 2020 made it clear that it wanted the Statehood restored to J&K at the earliest, while it requested the Supreme Court to decide the matter regarding Abrogation of Article 370 without any further delay, keeping in view aspirations of the people.
He said that by their overtures and public posturing, it seems that National Conference and PDP are conspiring against the restoration of Statehood because they know that Apni Party is the only party that has taken a firm stand on the issue from day one since this arbitrary decision was taken.
“Simply for the reason of their partisan interests, these parties have started working against Statehood for J&K. Their promise of reuniting Ladakh and J&K is also hollow,” Bukhari observed, adding that knowing all this, they want to show that Statehood too is not possible so that they can avoid accountability to the promises that they had made earlier.
He said that Apni Party has time and again maintained that its politics would be rooted in realism. Bukhari said that Apni Party emphasized the restoration of Statehood because snatching away this status had inflicted an assault on the identity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
He recalled that this demand was listed in the Apni Party memorandum submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah from time to time since the inception of the Party.
That time, he said, parties like NC and PDP had started levelling baseless charges. Now they are conspiring to fulfil their petty political ambitions by agreeing to the UT as the final status of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Now these parties have started praying for elections in the current status by trying to undermine the idea of the restoration of Statehood. As a result, their high mark of getting Article 370 has been edged out of the discourse, and they are maintaining mysterious silence on the restoration of the Statehood to J&K,” Bukhari averred.
This climbdown is a betrayal of the people. Still, it is not surprising as NC and PDP are habitual of letting down the people– by making false promises, hoodwinking the masses, and finally signing the surrender agreements, he added.
“These parties stand exposed as the political opportunists who can compromise on anything. Their slogans were always hollow. In the process, they suppress the people’s wishes, and now they deflect the real issues by adopting diversionary tactics. On the other hand, Apni Party is committed to the struggle for the restoration of Statehood, and it will not concede an inch on it,” he added.
J&K: 85 people Died of COVID in 24 Days
In Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Jammu division, once again, the process of death of corona infected patients has started. So far this month, 85 patients have died. Of these, 54 are residents of the Jammu division. Many of the patients who died were those who had taken both doses. However, many of them were already suffering from some disease.
According to the National Health Mission data, eight more corona infected patients died on Monday. Four were residents of the Jammu division and four from the Kashmir division. In the Jammu division, two died in the Jammu district. A 65-year-old man from Akhnoor, a Gudha Brahmin, was also among those killed. The maximum number of deaths this month, thirty patients, occurred in the Jammu district. All of them were residents of different areas of the Jammu district. Twelve patients had taken both doses of the corona vaccine. Apart from this, four were residents of Udhampur district, while four were residents of Rajouri, two Doda, five Kathua, one Kishtwar, four Poonch, two Ramban and two Reasi. Samba is the only district where not a single patient died.
In Kashmir, seven corona infected patients died in the Srinagar district while four in Baramulla, eight in Budgam, three in Pulwama, four in Kupwara, four in Anantnag, one in Bandipora, one in Kulgam. On the other hand, not a single patient died in Shopian and Ganderbal districts. In the second wave of corona infection, the maximum number of patients died in the Jammu district.
Although the number of patients who died is less, the maximum number of patients are dying in the Jammu district. About 33 per cent of the total deaths occurred in the Jammu district. Principal of GMC Jammu, Dr Shashi Sudan, says that many of the patients who died after taking both doses were already suffering from other diseases. She asked all to follow Corona appropriate behaviour. She said that only by following all the protocols one could avoid the third wave.
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