Srinagar, Aug 27: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) on Thursday said that it will press for an early hearing in a petition challenging abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A in the Supreme Court, besides pledged to strive for restoration of statehood, early elections, 4G internet and package for economic revival in Jammu and Kashmir.
These resolutions were made during a two-day long meeting of senior JKAP leaders that was presided by the party president Altaf Bukhari at party office in Srinagar.
Addressing the meeting, Bukhari said the JKAP was launched with a motive to put all its efforts to reduce the burden of miseries on a common man on the ground. He observed that the bedrock of the party is based on realism and pragmatic politics.
He said for the last over 70 years of J&K’s history, the political discourse has witnessed commotion and politics of deceit wherein people were subjugated, browbeaten and exploited on one or the other pretexts.
A spokesperson of JKAP said the meeting resolved to file an application before the Supreme Court seeking the listing and an early hearing in a petition filed by one of the JKAP leaders challenging abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A.
“This task was assigned to party senior leader Jagmohan Singh Raina, one of the first few petitioners who had approached the Supreme Court on the subject,” he said.
He said the meeting resolved that any further delay in restoration of Statehood by the Government of India will add to the already existing hopelessness and alienation among the people of J&K. “The meeting resolved that it is incumbent upon the Government of India to rise to the occasion and address the political aspirations of people, sooner the better. The party leadership also resolved that the party will further strengthen and speed up its efforts in pursuit of this goal”.
The spokesman said the meeting also resolved that no arbitrary increase in assembly or parliamentary segments by the Delimitation Commission will be acceptable and the party will put forth its viewpoint based on suggestions and objections, if any, before the Commission at an appropriate time.
“It was resolved that there should be no justification for further delay in elections in J&K which has no substitute in a democratic set up,” he said, adding the meeting resolved for an immediate restoration of 4G mobile internet services in J&K and solicited the personal intervention of the union home minister into the matter.
The spokesperson said it was resolved that the Government of India should formulate a special package for the revival of tourism and allied industrial sectors including hotels, handicrafts, tour operators, houseboat owners and Shikara owners which is critical to the revival of the distressed economy of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The meeting resolved that it will pursue formulation of a comprehensive job policy to address the mounting unemployment problem in J&K and ensure a dignified livelihood for the educated unemployed youth in government and private sectors,” he said.
“The meeting resolved to continue its struggle for a separate bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal at Srinagar. It was resolved that the party will continue to press for complete revocation of SRO 202 as the draconian provisions of this SRO are highly detrimental to the interest of employees and unemployed educated youth of J&K. The meeting resolved for a comprehensive policy for quarrying and mining activities in J&K in view of the legal rights of locals on the natural resources,” he said.
“The meeting resolved that the J&K government should take immediate measures to prevent repetition of 2014 devastating deluge and go for immediate relief and rehabilitation of flood affected families in Jammu province,” he added.