SRINAGAR: Asking all the political groups in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to rise above the party lines and set the ego clashes aside, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday pitched for the rigorous and unanimous defense of Article 35-A so that the state could be saved from turning into a veritable inferno. Senior PDP leader and former Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura while chairing a vital meeting of the party functionaries at central Kashmir’s Budgam, hailed the decision taken recently by the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti over assigning the responsibility to veteran lawyer and politician Muzaffar Husain Beigh to defend 35-A at country’s top court.
Hanjura said that the PDP has been in the forefront all the time to safeguard state’s special position and remained vocal in its support since inception. PDP leader further stated that Beigh known for his acumen and astuteness will prove as the strongest force behind the defense of state’s special position.
The meeting also welcomed the decision taken by the Governor administration over the conduction of Municipal and Panchayat polls in the state. However, it asked the administration to ensure the safety of the common masses that are expected to exercise their franchise during these polls. “The Government has to ensure that proper security arrangements are put in place ahead and during the polls for the safety of the common masses and successful conduction of polls,” Hanjura who presided over the meet said.
The PDP leader also asked the administration that during the Urs of the revered saint Hazrat Ali Aali Balkhi at Pakhripora Budgam, scheduled on August 23, all arrangements like water, electricity and transport must be put in place for the devotees. Besides, Hanjoora, those who participated in the party meeting include PDP district President Muntazir Mohi-ud-din, PDP leaders Dr Shafi Ahmad Wani, Tariq Mohi-ud-din, Nazir Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Rahman Nengroo, Showkat Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Bhat and several others.