Srinagar: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, on Thursday, said that “Jammu and Kashmir is destined to remain an integral part of the country.” He urged the public not to fall prey to “deceptive slogans propagated by traditional political parties.” However, he vowed that “Apni Party would ensure that the people of Jammu and Kashmir receive all the rights they are entitled to according to the constitution of the country.”
Addressing a public rally in Bandipora Bukhari said that party’s primary agenda is to ensure permanent peace and harmony in Jammu and Kashmir so that people of this region can live and prosper in a peaceful environment.
He said, “Unlike traditional political parties, we do not pursue unattainable goals, nor do we believe in emotional sloganeering. Such practices have inflicted deep harm on the interests of the people, leading to destruction and bloodshed in our land. Over the years, we have already lost lakhs of our youth, and we cannot afford further violence on this soil. The main agenda of Apni Party is to ensure a peaceful environment so that the future of our young generations is secured and people can live in peace and harmony. A lasting peace will eventually pave the way for the prosperity of our people.”
Speaking about the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that whatever occurred on August 5, 2019, will always haunt the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said, “People can never forget what happened on August 5, 2019. Jammu and Kashmir lost its statehood, and it was bifurcated into two regions. It will haunt us always.” However Bukhari cautioned people not to trust the traditional parties who claim that they will get the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A undone. He said, “These parties sought your votes in the 2019 parliamentary elections, promising to protect these articles from being abrogated. You trusted them, gave them a mandate, and sent three of their candidates to parliament. However, even then, they could not save Articles 370 and 35A. They did not even bother to protest against the central government’s move. At the very least, their MPs should have resigned in protest of the revocation of these articles.”
“How can you trust them again when they claim that they will undo the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A?” he asked.
Speaking on the creation of Apni Party Bukhari said, “Post-August 2019, during the period of deep uncertainty and complete chaos in Jammu and Kashmir, all businesses were closed down, and thousands of people had been put behind bars. Faced with this situation, we found ourselves with only two options: to remain silent, as the traditional political parties and their leaders did, or to come out and stand by the people who were in distress at that time and needed leadership. We chose the latter.” He added, “We formed the Apni Party and went to meet the leaders of the central government in Delhi. We successfully convinced them that they should not take any actions that could harm the demography of Jammu and Kashmir. Additionally, we advocated for the exclusive rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to the land and jobs in the region. Our efforts were fruitful as we persuaded the government in Delhi to issue an official announcement assuring that no demographic changes would occur and the people of Jammu and Kashmir would retain exclusive rights to land and jobs in the region.” Bukhari promised that if Apni Party is mandated to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir, it will ensure that the people receive their constitutional rights and ample employment opportunities are created for the youth.