PAGD for unified struggle by Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh people to get J&K’s special status back

People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Spokesman M Y Tarigami with National Conference President Farooq Abdullah (R), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti (L) addressing a press conference after a meeting, in Srinagar, Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Credit: PTI PhotoJammu, December 14 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, senior CPI-M leader and PAGD spokesman M Y Tarigami has said that Kashmir-based People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration is not a monopoly of a selected few but a struggle to restore the rights of the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking to reporters in Jammu, Tarigami called for a dialogue among the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to pull out the region from the crisis situation in the aftermath of August 5, 2019 development.

Tarigami said that there is no roadmap for J&K with the present dispensation, adding the people belonging to all the regions need to prepare a roadmap which is only possible through credible dialogue among them.

Lauding the people of Leh and Kargil for coming together to safeguard their interests and compelling New Delhi for dialogue, he said Ladakh should serve as a role model for the people of J&K as Kargil has filed a writ petition for restoration of Article 370 and 35A, whereas Leh was always in favour of Union Territory status but stood up for safeguarding their land and jobs.

”Kashmir cannot march ahead without Jammu and Jammu cannot ignore Kashmir. We both, including Ladakh, have to move together because we are linked by history and common interest. We must identify the areas where we can agree as we have every right to disagree as well. While disagreements are there, there can be possibilities of agreements as well,” he said.

Tarigami said, ”We must explore the possibilities where some sort of commonality is there which can be a binding force for all of us and move together so that some relief is provided to the people of J&K.” In response to a question about differences within the constituents of PAGD, he said the parties that are part of the alliance have not merged with each other and therefore each party has every right to different views on certain issues.

”There is some commonality which binds us together….I have come here to Jammu to request civil society and political activists that we can carve out some sort of plan where we can have a united approach and united voice,” he said.

As far as PAGD is concerned, he said there is a strong feeling among the members of the alliance that there would be no forward movement without representation from Jammu, involvement of Jammu people and credible dialogue with cross sections of Jammu civil society.

Tarigami said while many parties have filed writ petitions in the supreme court against the revocation of Article 370 and reorganisation of J&K by the central government, CPI(M) has also had filed an additional petition for protection of land rights introduced in the erstwhile state by the last Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh on the initiative of Kashmiri Pandits.

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