New political outfit accuses previous regimes of ‘negative politics’, seeks domicile rights

Kashmir Times. Dated: 9/11/2019 11:10:20 AM

Political activity in Kashmir?

NEW DELHI, Sep 10 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir government yesterday allowed first political activity in 36 days by permitting the press conference of a newly floated outfit, the J&K Political Movement (JKPM), at the Media Facilitation Centre in Srinagar.
According to reports in sections of media, the briefing was addressed by Dr Shahid Khan, a former journalist and head of the JKPM, who “avoided taking any position on the revocation of provisions of Article 370”. He, however, blamed the previous regimes in J&K and the regional parties of “playing negative politics in the past”.
“The ruling leaders of J&K always played dual character and politics of manipulation for achieving their own goals. They have brought problems instead of solutions. They have been the reason for every problem that J&K faces today,” he said.
He suggested that people need to end the ways followed in the past decades. “It has achieved us nothing but bloodshed and miseries,” he said.
Khan was accompanied by Ikhwani turned politician, Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray, who had a brief stint in Congress, Asif Abdullah, Raja Ashraf and Omar Ahmad.
Refusing to comment on Article 370 and J&K’s special status, these members, in a joint statement, asked the Central government to maintain the domicile rights. “The Centre should provide guarantees as in other States on land and restore social security among people. No hazardous industry should be set up in J&K’s fragile ecology,” the statement said.
They also demanded the restoration of communication lines and the release of the detained youth. “All detained members of the civil society, if employing non-violent means to express their viewpoint, should also be released,” said Dr. Khan.
The briefing has come a month after political activities of all major political parties such as the National Conference, People’s Democratic Party, Congress, People’s Conference and the J&K People’s Movement have come to a halt after the revocation of J&K’s special status. Most of the politicians are jailed and the party offices sealed by the security forces.
Three former Chief Ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are among the detained for the 37th day today.



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