Shall not succumb, Will continue our struggle  in defence of our rights using every opportunity through peaceful and legal means : PAGD

Srinagar, Aug 04: As second Anniversary of Abrogation of Article 370, 35 a and Bifurcation of State Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh into two UT’s Is Approaching People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration has said that they Shall not succumb and they Will continue their struggle in defence of rights using every opportunity through peaceful and legal means.

In a statement issued here to news agency PAGD has said that, August 05 marks the completion of two years since the  unprecedented assault  on the constitution of India  was taken  to nullify  Article 370 of the constitution –  thereby damaging  the very bond of our relationship with union of India . By  demolishing  the constitution of  Jammu & Kashmir by the Government  it   has  crossed all the limits  of constitutionality, They said.

Downgrading historic state of Jammu & Kashmir and dividing it  into two separate  union territories  without the consent of the  people and also ignoring  the   Resolution adopted by  J&K legislature  on 03  March  2004  to preserve the unity and the secular character  of  Jammu & Kashmir state has  set a precedent that any state can cease  to exist  as a state and can be carved up into any number  of fragments any time , by placing it under Governors Rule. Thereby the very existence of a  state becomes  a matter of central  discretion, a substantial step towards a unitary state.

The  abrogation of  Article 35 A made the status  of permanent  residents  redundant . Protection of Jobs and   land rights  was removed  arbitrarily  which  deepened the alienation  and  sense of insecurity  in all the regions . The economy of J&K has virtually collapsed   as tourism  ,trade  agriculture , horticulture and Handicraft  sectors were badly hit. Employment opportunities  are shrinking . Is Corruption any less  and Goverence any better?  The fact remains not a single claim stands  the test of the scrutiny, PAGD statement reads.

A process of throttling  of democracy and democratic rights  was initiated  . The clampdown  and continuous restrictions on the movement and association of the people  and gagging  the media  has  resulted in  forced silence.

Over the last two  years  it has become amply clear  why the GOI was so insistent   on taking such drastic unlawful measures during these two years we have seen that people of J&k are being ripped apart into smaller units , ripped off their jobs and rights over the natural resources that are theirs.    Unconscionable  suppression of civil and democratic rights  continues unabated . indiscriminate arrests  and  harassment  of all sections  of our people including  employees  on different pretexts continues   and  issuing  dictates  like  the recent one not to provide clearance  for passport  and govt. services   any one involved in  “ law and order and stone pelting  cases” is one more addition . “ Adverse police report “ can not be a substitute for being found guilty in a court of law  . This amounts to violation of the most scared principles of the justice system, Reads statement.

The hoax of BJP,s Naya Kashmir  is a joke now . The people have started questioning those in authority  as what they have achieved  by  destroying  the Naya Kashmir  which  came into being  through   protracted  historic struggle of the people of Jammu & kashmir.  And  empowered  the people of all the regions   and communities with dignity by  liberating them from the shackles  of  authoritarian monarchy  and ruthless feudalise.

It was hoped   that the Govt of India  would realise  the futility of its decisions viz a viz august 05 2019. The recent participation of J&K Leaders  with the PM was a leap of faith on that hope but none of the measures required to begin rebuilding the shattered confidence of the people of J&K  has been taken . J & K remains as far from Delhi and from the Dil /heart of India as it has ever been.  Rather the distances are  further  widening and dis heartening  is deepening.

We earnestly appeal to all sections of our people  in each region and community to remain united and not to fall prey to the false and  slanderous campaigns  and divisive  attempts  aiming at  dividing and disarming our people . We are sure that at this time  of serious crises  we  shall not succumb but continue our struggle  in defence of our rights  using every opportunity through peaceful and legal means, They said.

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