he Peoples Alliance for Gukpar Declaration (PAGD) will meet on Tuesday to discuss the prevailing situation and chalk out the future plan of action in the summer capital, Srinagar.
PAGD — including National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), CPI (M), Awani National Conference (ANC) and Peoples Movement – is scheduled to meet at the residence of its chairman Dr Farooq Abdullah on Gupkar road at around 1100 hrs on Tuesday.
“Yes the leaders of the alliance will meet on Tuesday at the residence of Dr Abdullah at around 1100 hrs,” PAGD spokesperson Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami told UNI.
He said the meeting is not confined to only top leadership. “Scores of leaders of all the alliance partners of PAGD will attend the meeting,” he added.
He said the prevailing situation will be discussed during the meeting, adding that the future plan of action will also be chalked out.
Sources said that around 100 to 150 leaders representing all the alliance partners will participate in the meeting. “These leaders will be from the length and breadth of Kashmir valley,” they added.
This is the first time since the formation of the alliance that leaders, representing the PAGD parties in different parts of Kashmir valley, will hold a joint meeting.
The Centre on August 5, 2019 abrogated Article 370 and Article 35 A, besides dividing the erstwhile state into two Union Territories (UTs) – J&K and Ladakh. Hundreds of politicians, including three former chief ministers – Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – activities and separatist leaders were placed under preventive detention and later booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) for several months. The PAGD was formed ‘to strive for erstwhile state’s position before August 5, 2019, including restoration of the special status and statehood’.