Drass: The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) delegation led by National Conference Vice-president Omar Abdullah that visited Drass Kargil on Friday stated that they will continue with their fight against last year’s August 5 decision by New Delhi as it was illegally imposed on the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a gathering in Drass, Omar said that no elected assembly or chief minister of the state signed the last year’s decision and it was forcefully implemented. “We haven’t accepted it and will fight for the restoration of all that has been snatched and forcefully implemented,” he said.
He said that on the directions of PAGD President Farooq Abdullah and Vice-president Mehbooba Mufti, a combined delegation reached Kargil on Thursday to meet the people there.
Omar was accompanied by Gh Nabi Hanjura, Waheed ul Rehman Para, Muzaffar Shah, Nasir Aslam Wani, Executive councillor (LAHDC) Kargil Ghulam Rasool and Mubarak Shah.
He said the delegation has come to hold talks with the people of Kargil which will add more power to their fight against the last year’s August 5 decision.
“It was a different feeling yesterday when we entered Kargil. All names linked to J&K have been removed and we felt like guests in Kargil,” he said.
“It was for the very first time that such a big decision was taken without people’s consent and implemented by force as the decision wasn’t from the local assembly or parliament. Neither were any signatures done by the elected chief minister of the J&K…,” he said, adding that “The powers were taken by the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir illegally and without talking to us, and the state was divided by downgrading it into two separate UTs.”
Omar said that they are not ready to accept the decision announced on August 5 last year and that is why all opposition parties have come together leaving behind their political differences and ideologies.
“Not for chair, power or government formation but all the regional parties have joined hands with the sole aim of getting back what has been snatched, and to ensure restoration of everything that has been taken away,” he said.
He said that with support from the people of Drass and Kargil, PAGD will fight and achieve the goal and act as a voice for this area.
Sources said that the delegation leaders concluded the address to people with a slogan: Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Kargil Aik Tha Aik Rahega (Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Kargil were one and will remain one) and a large number of people responded with holding their hands high. KNO
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