PAPD holds closed meeting
Srinagar: For the first time after the all-party meeting held in New Delhi last month, the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) held a closed-door meeting on Sunday at the residence of the President of the National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullah.
The PAPD meeting came two days before members of the Delimitation Commission scheduled for July 6 to visit Jammu and Kashmir, where they will interact with district election officials and political parties.
The PAGD meeting was attended by National Conference Chairman and Member of Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti, CPI (M) PAGD senior leader and spokesperson Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami, the leader of the NC and member of Parliament Justice (ret’d) Hasnain Masoodi and NC vice-president Omar Abdullah at the residence of Dr Abdullah.
The meeting lasted two hours during which, according to PAGD sources, the members of the merger discussed several issues, including “aspects that were brought to the fore at the multi-stakeholder meeting chaired by Prime Minister Modi” .
The PAGD meeting on Sunday was the first after 14 leaders from Jammu and Kashmir attended the multi-stakeholder meeting held in New Delhi last month.
âWe had planned to meet on June 29, but we could not because of the previous engagements of the vice-president of the PAGD, Mehbooba Mufti. Today we had the opportunity to discuss our participation in the multi-stakeholder meeting, âsaid a leader of the PGD.
He said the leaders discussed Prime Minister Modi’s multi-party meeting and the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
âThe alliance is committed to its core agenda, for which it was formed, and we have reiterated what we stand for and what we are looking for,â the leader said.
However, he declined to share further details, saying the alliance’s chief spokesperson will brief the media on the meeting.
When contacted, CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami said details of the meeting would be shared on Monday.
Another leader of the PAGD and member of Parliament from the NC, Hasnain Masoodi, said the meeting dispelled “rumors of certain differences within the alliance”.
“I can only share that the meeting took place and all members attended. This should dispel the rumors that were unfolding. There are no differences within the alliance and everyone is on. the same wavelength, âMasoodi said.