PAGD terms Delimitation Commission’s draft as ‘divisive’ 

Srinagar, December 21, 2021 (PPI-OT):In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Tuesday termed the proposal by Delimitation Commission as divisive for the territory and decided to stage protest against the draft on January 01, 2022.

The PAGD is an alliance formed by the regional party for the restoration of special status of IIOJK. The PAGD leaders addressed a press conference at Jammu after holding a meeting at the residence of National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah. The PAGD spokesman, M Y Tarigami, said that abrogation of Article 35-A and 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was unconstitutional and step was taken without taking into confidence the stakeholders from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

The PAGD leaders said everyone is aware that many among the Kashmiri politicians have challenged reorganization act of Jammu and Kashmir in (Indian) Supreme Court and Modi government should have avoided to go forward with this commission in a hurried rush as it is neither in India’s interest nor not in the interest of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Unfortunately, the constitutional frame of delimitation including census has been ignored in proposal of delimitation commission, they said.

“There should be some criteria during delimitation as per population and laws meant for it should be followed in letter and spirit,” they added. The PAGD further claimed that Farooq Abdullah and other members of commission reiterated in the meeting of commission that the proposal is not as per the wishes and interest of the people and is just a step to create wedge on regional and community basis. “This is part of agenda of BJP to divide people,” they leaders said, adding that the draft if implemented is set to create further wedge between IIOJK and New Delhi.

Meanwhile, the PAGD leaders said that conglomerate will hold a peaceful protest on January 01 2022 in Kashmir against the proposal. “PAGD leaders have decided to hold a protest on 1st January at 11AM against the proposals of delimitation commission which are unacceptable to us, all the people and all communities and we term it as divisive,” the PAGD leaders said.

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