Srinagar, Aug 05 : A shutdown was observed on Thursday in most parts of the Valley while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organized an event to celebrate the decision taken by the Government of India on this day in 2019.
However, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) organized a protest led by the party president Mehbooba Mufti to oppose the move while People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of J&K political parties organized a meeting today at Member of Parliament and National Conference (NC) president, Dr Farooq Abdullah’s residence.
Witnesses told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that most of the markets remained closed throughout the day. “The shops in most of the markets remained closed today,” they said.
On the eve of the second anniversary of abrogation of Article 370, PDP leaders carried a protest outside party headquarters here in Srinagar during which slogans were raised by the participating leaders.
On the occasion, Mehbooba told media persons that it is unfortunate that BJP is celebrating the decision across the country while the people in J&K is mourning. “People are being forced to keep their shops open. The auto rickshaw drivers are being asked to ply on the roads as the journalists from outside have reached here to show the normalcy here,” she said.
She added that thousands of people, especially youth are lodged in jails. “There is no way other than initiating a dialogue process with the people of J&K and Pakistan to resolve the issues,” she said.
Mehbooba also said that Jammu and Kashmir has to become the bridge of peace and the decision taken by the government on August 05, 2019 has to be revoked.
Meanwhile, PAGD constituents today held a meeting today at Dr Farooq Abdullah’s Gupkar residence at 11:00 AM.
Sources said that the constituents of the conglomerate including Dr Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami and Muzaffar Shah attended the meeting, which lasted for nearly two hours.
Soon after the meeting was held, Tarigami said that the PAGD didn’t want any confrontation. “We will meet the people of Jammu and Ladakh as well. Our only motive is to achieve what we have lost,” he said—(KNO)