Gupkar Declaration August 4, 2019

Print edition : October 25, 2019

Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the Peoples Democratic Party with leaders of other parties during an all-party meeting at Farooq Abdullah’s home in Srinagar on August 4. Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

The representative of the following political parties held an all-party meeting at the Gupkar Residence of Dr Farooq Abdullah, president, JKNC [Jammu and Kashmir National Conference], to deliberate upon the prevailing political situation triggered by massive deployment of security forces, the advisories issued, the abandonment of Amarnath Yatra midway, and forced removal of tourists from the Valley.

The meeting, presided over by Farooq Abdullah, was attended by Mehbooba Mufti, president, JKPDP [Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party], Patron, PDP, Muzaffar Hussain Beg, Abdul Rehman Veeri, general secretary, PDP, Sajad Ghani Lone, chairman, JKPC [Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference], Imran Reza Ansari, Abdul Ghani Vakeel, Taj Mohiudin, vice president, JKPCC [Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee], M.Y. Tarigami, CPI(M) [Communist Party of India (Marxist)], Omar Abdullah, vice president, JKNC, and Members of Parliament Justice Hassnain Masoodi, Mohamad Akbar Lone, provincial president, JKNC, Nasir Sogami, Shah Faesal, PUF [Peoples United Front], Ali Mohammad Sagar, JKNC, Muzaffar Shah, ANC [Awami National Conference], Uzair Ronga (PUF), Suhail Bukhari (PDP).

It was unanimously resolved:

1. That all the parties would be united in their resolve to protect and defend the identity, autonomy and special status of J&K against all attacks and onslaughts whatsoever.

2. That modification, abrogation of Articles 35A, 370, unconstitutional delimitation or trifurcation of the State would be an aggression against the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

3. That the parties participating in the meeting resolved to seek audience with the President and Prime Minister of India and the leaders of other political parties to apprise them of the current situation and make an appeal to them to safeguard the legitimate interests of the people of the State with regard to the guarantees given to the State by the Constitution of our country.

They will also apprise them of the unwholesome consequences bound to follow the unconstitutional violation of these guarantees.

The representatives of the political parties resolved to remain together and stand united in their struggle for safeguarding the identity, autonomy, and special status of the State.