PDP meets in Jammu, Srinagar;demands release of leaders
Srinagar, Dec 23:
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday held a meeting in Srinagar, the
first after the Centre abrogated Article 370, to take stock of the situation in
the valley and arrangements being made to observe the fourth death anniversary
of party’s founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.
meeting held in Jammu, the party sought immediate release of all detained
political leaders, including its president and former chief minister Mehbooba
In Jammu, the
meeting was presided over by PDP general secretary and former MLC Surinder
Chowdhary who termed the prolonged incarceration of politicians in Jammu and
Kashmir as “unjustified and uncalled for”, a party spokesperson said.
prolonged incarceration is deeply perturbing for any democratic setup and the
government of India must contemplate that such an action is not helping it in
any way in restoration of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir,” the spokesman
said quoting Chowdhary.
role of the PDP in making peace initiatives successful in the erstwhile state,
Chowdhary said the party has always been at the forefront in making hectic and
earnest efforts for the prevalence of peace in the region.
detention of the political leaders has created a void in erstwhile state’s
political landscape, leaving masses deeply disturbed and skeptic about the
government’s future initiatives for peace and development,” Chowdhary
The PDP general
secretary also empathized for the greater participation of party workers in the
January 7 function so that “a clear message is sent out to those corridors
which are waiting in the wings to undermine PDP’s relevance in Jammu and
Kashmir’s political spectrum”.
said the meeting passed a unanimous resolution and underlined the need for
setting the political leaders including the PDP president free without any
A similar meeting
was held at PDP’s Srinagar head office in which senior party leaders and
activists including party secretary Abdul Hameed Kosheen and former legislator
Mushtaq Ahmad Shah took part and expressed concern over the detention of the
termed the detention of the leaders as “unwarranted, unjustified and
unfavourable” for all the peace efforts and confidence building measures
that have been taken in the past, the spokesperson said.
He said the
participants also held detailed discussions over the preparations being made to
ensure hassle-free participation of the PDP supporters, workers and the general
masses in the congregational ‘Fateha Khawani’ at the graveyard of the PDP
founder in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara town on January 7.
PDP leader Tahir
Syed said, “Basically, the meeting, the first since abrogation of Article
370, was called to discuss the party’s preparations for the fourth death
anniversary of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.”
He said the zonal
in-charges of the party, who are not under detention, attended the meeting.
meeting, it was decided that a team of party leaders would visit Bijbehara in
south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on January 7 to offer special prayers at
function will also be held at the party head office,” he said.
Syed said the
meeting also took stock of the situation in the valley post the revocation of
Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
condemned the illegal detentions of the party leaders and called for their
immediate release. It also demanded immediate restoration of the internet
services in the valley,” he said.
The PDP leader
said the workers and party leaders were in high spirits and decided that the
future course of action would be decided after the release of the party
The party has
decided to initiate contact with the party workers at the ground level, he
also raised concern over the paucity of essential services in Kashmir valley
amid the present winter chill and urged the administration to pay heed to
sufferings of the people at an earliest.