Srinagar 14 June (KMS): Newly appointed Spokesman of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami has said that the decision by India on August 5 2019 was taken without being taking the political leaders and people of Jammu and Kashmir on board.
Yousuf Tarigami in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “There was no demand regarding the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the territory from any group of people nor was it discussed here with the mainstream parties.”
Criticising the demotion of IIOJK status, Tarigami said that there has been examples wherein union territories have been demanding statehood but downgrading the Jammu and Kashmir was neither demand from Kashmir nor from Jammu. He also said that the political parties of Jammu and Kashmir have never been against dialogue process
Saying that PAGD members are committed to dialogue, he said, ”There was somehow delay in chairing PAGD meeting but there were some issues especially the Covid pandemic which took it somehow long to call for a meeting but we are committed to the alliance agenda and there will be no compromise on it.”
He also said that the public outreach program has been paused due to the Covid pandemic as there has been a protocol issued by the Government to curb the virus. “Once the pandemic will end, we will take all stakeholders on table to discuss the further strategy. We will resume public outreach programme once pandemic is over,” he said.