Farooq Abdullah promises fight for restoration of special status till death

Mohinder Singh Wazir
Jammu, November 6 (KNS):  People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD)  Chief and National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Friday said he won't die until constitutional rights of the people of the erstwhile state are restored.

He said this while addressing his party workers in Jammu for the first time in over a year, 

He criticized the BJP for 'misleading the country' and making 'false promises' to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

According to KNS Correspondent he said, i will not die until the rights of my people are given back.... I am here to do something for the people and the day I will finish my work, I will leave this world,' Abdullah told NC workers in an emotional tone in jam packed Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here ahead of a scheduled meeting of the People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) tommorw (Saturday).

Apparently reacting to some leaders who called PAGD Kashmir centric, he said, "We have never thought that Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir are separate from each other. We could not be able to take the people of these regions on board at the time of the formation of the PAGD due to the urgency of the situation and now we are here,' Abdullah said." parties have joined hands to pitch for the restoration of the Article 370, Article 35A and throw away the 'black laws' which were implemented in Jammu and Kashmir beyond Lakhanpur the gateway to the erstwhile state bordering Punjab."

This was the NC leaders first political meeting in Jammu since the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year.

PAGD was formed by mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, including the NC and PDP last month for the restoration of the special status of the erstwhile state as it existed before August 5 last year.

Dr Abdullah is also accompanied by his son and former chief minister Omar Abdullah duirng their maiden visit to the region in over a year.

The Abdullah duo along with other political leaders in Kashmir, were detained under the Public Safety Act and released this year.(KNS)  

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