Gupkar alliance presses for Confidence Building Measures in Kashmir

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Srinagar, 05 July. The same seems to be happening in Kashmir as was anticipated. The leaders of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), who seemed confident with the government’s agenda during the recently held all-party meeting on Jammu and Kashmir chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday expressed their disappointment over the outcome of the meeting. They claimed that the government did not take adequate Confidence Building Measures like the release of political and other prisoners.

Coalition spokesperson and CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami said in a statement issued here today that a meeting of PAGD was held on Sunday evening chaired by National Conference (NC) President and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah at his residence. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, NC leader Hasnain Masoodi, People’s Movement chief Javed Mustafa Mir and Awami National Conference senior vice president Muzaffar Ahmed Shah were also present in the meeting convened to discuss the outcomes of a recent high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi on June 24 in Delhi.

PAGD members unanimously expressed their disappointment over the outcome of the new Delhi meeting and said that government did not take any confidence-building measures such as releasing political and other prisoners from prisons and taking concrete steps to end the alleged “atmosphere of repression”’. 

Tarigami said that if confidence-building measures were taken, it would have helped to initiate the much-needed process of reaching out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are the biggest stakeholders and victims of this problem.

Experts, however, do not pay attention to the rebuttals and reversals of the leaders of the coalition. They say that these leaders have been playing the game of such reverses for decades to please the separatists and fundamentalists, there is nothing new in this.

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