New Delhi does not necessarily need peace in Kashmir, but the Kashmiris do: Syed Altaf Bukhari
New Delhi does not necessarily need peace in Kashmir, but the Kashmiris do: Syed Altaf Bukhari Says, people have their social, political, and economic interests in a peaceful environment in J&K Apni Party holds a largely attended public rally at Bemina in Srinagar Srinagar: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Sunday said that “J&K people have realized the fact that violence is the biggest enemy to their social, political and economic interests.” He added that New Delhi does not necessarily need to have peace and tranquility in J&K, but the people of this region do because they have high stakes in a peaceful environment here. Apni Party President was speaking at a largely attended public rally in the Bemina area of the Shalteng assembly constituency in Srinagar, wherein besides the common masses, hundreds of party workers and prominent party leaders were present. According to a statement issued here, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari while addressing the gathering extended his gratitude to people for their enthusiastic participation in the rally. He said, “Your enthusiastic presence in this rally indicates that you understand the fact that people inevitably need peace and tranquility in Kashmir for a better future.” He added, “People have faith in Apni Party’s agenda, which is to ensure sustained peace, durable prosperity, and economic development in J&K. Our narrative promises a protected future for everyone, especially youth and womenfolk.” Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari reiterated his promise that Apni Party will continue its truthful politics and will never push people towards evil politics and unachievable goals. He said, “Unlike the conventional political parties, Apni Party is determined to speak truth to the people even if that does not fetch much political decedents to us. We will not promise you moon and stars rather we will promise you only what we believe that we can fulfill.” He added, “Apni Party tells our youth that the path of violence has given people of this land nothing except destruction and miseries over the years. Thus, we need to shun violence to pave a way for a peaceful environment which will eventually help us to attain everything that matters to people. Through peaceful means, we can also achieve political and economic empowerment for the people.” Taking a dig at the traditional political parties, Apni Party President said, “The traditional political parties and their leaders have been misleading the common masses over the past more than 75 years. One of the tallest leaders would change his stance every now and then like one changes his or her clothes. First, he decided to go with India, then he started a so-called ‘plebiscite movement’ here, then he returned back to his earlier stance, and later he promised autonomy. In fact, all his U-turns were meant to keep a hold on power and create a political empire and legacy for his family and his future generations.” “Then, we got another party here that tried to convince us that it will fight against the dynasty rule in J&K, but the leaders of this party ultimately formed its own family rule here by fooling people through deceitful slogans of self-rule, Pakistan, dual currency and so on.” He added. Blaming the traditional political parties for the deaths and destruction in J&K, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said, “Their deceitful narratives and slogans pushed our youth to struggle for the unachievable goals, which eventually landed thousands of youngsters either in jails or in graveyards.” Apni Party President further said that the traditional political parties are still trying to mislead the people by false promises and by building false narratives. He said, “Now they are trying to fool people by saying that they will get article 370 back that was abrogated by the New Delhi on August 5, 2019. People must ask them how they are going to get it back and what would be their strategy to undo what was done on August 5.” He added, “When an official uttered some misleading statement recently, these political parties tried to make a fuss about this statement for their political advantages. However, on Apni Party’s request, the GoI clarified that non-locals are not going to be enrolled in the voter list but only the J&K residents who have attained the age to vote will be incorporated into the list. This clarification has put an end to the fuss that the traditional parties had tried to create to sentimentalize common people for their own political gains.” However, Syed Altaf Bukhari urged his party workers to keep an eye at electoral rolls to ensure nothing untoward happens. “You should watch the ongoing Special Summary Revision to make sure the process to smooth and transparent.” He said. Reiterating his promise that if gets the public mandate in forthcoming assembly elections to form the government in J&K, Apni Party will ensure economic dividends to each and every household in J&K. He said, “We will provide up to 500 units of electricity free in winter months to the Valley consumers, and the same amount of free power to people in Jammu during summers, and 300 units of free electricity to the people in the Valley in summers and to Jammu people in winters. Also, we will enhance the present Rs 50,000 marriage assistance to the girls up to one lakh rupees, and the monthly widow and old age pension up to rupees five thousand from existing one thousand rupees.” “Also, we will give four free gas refills annually to every household in J&K.” He added. Besides Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, the prominent party leaders and senior workers who were present on occasion include the party’s Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir, Chairman of the Party's Parliamentary Committee Mohammad Dilawar Mir, General Secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir, Provincial President Mohammad Ashraf Mir, State Secretary Muntazir Mohidin, Chief Coordinator Abdul Majeed Padder, President of party’s Youth Wing and mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Junaid Azim Mattu, Party’s District President for Srinagar Noor Mohammad Sheikh, District President Anantnag Abdul Rahim Rather, Raja Manzoor, Provincial President of Party's Women's Wing Dilshad Shaheen, Senior leader Women’s Wing Iram Ji, Hajra Ji, Afroza ji, Noor Mohammad Bhat, Jeelani Kumar, Irfan Zargar, Mohsin Zafar, Aadil Ahmad, Tanbir Singh Sodhi, Shazad Ahmad (Corporator), Zahoor Ahmad, Jan Mohammad Matta, Advocate Mohsin, Ali Mohammad, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Mudasir Ahmad, Meraj ud Din, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, Nazir Ahmad, Farooq Ahmad, Irfan Ahmad, and others.