Will participate in PM’s Kashmir meeting on Thursday: Gupkar Alliance

Prime News, National, Politics, Srinagar (Kashmir), June 22:- Jammu and Kashmir’s Gupkar Alliance, led by veteran politician Farooq Abdullah, today (June 22) said they will attend an all-party meeting this Thursday (June 24) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Last week, sources said PM Modi called the all-party meeting amid reports that the Centre may discuss restoration of statehood and other important issues concerning the Union Territory. This is PM Modi’s first major outreach to end the political impasse over ending Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in 2019.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti was among those who participated in the second meeting of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) to discuss the Centre’s invitation for the all-party meeting with the Prime Minister.

“Mehbooba-ji, Md Tarigami sahib and I will attend the all-party meeting called by PM. We hope to keep our agenda before PM and HM (Home Minister),” says Dr Abdullah told reporters after today’s meeting, adding that they will put forth their demands of the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood.

The Gupkar Alliance is a seven-party alliance of mainstream parties, formed to campaign for the restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

“Statehood (for Jammu and Kashmir) is the Prime Minister’s own commitment. They won’t be doing us a favour by giving us statehood back. Gupkar Alliance has been formed for the restoration of what was taken away from us on August 5, 2019,” Mufti told NDTV.

“There can be no compromise on Article 370 and 35A,” alliance member Muzaffar Shah said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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