NC-PDP no more advocating autonomy, self-rule in J&K: Zafar Iqbal Manhas


Poonch, May 19 (KIP)- Apni Party Vice President, and Party’s candidate from Rajouri – Anantnag Parliamentary seat, Zafar Iqbal Manhas on Sunday accused National Conference, and Peoples Democratic Party for promoting dynastic rule in Jammu and Kashmir by suppressing aspiration of the people of Pir Panjal and other parts of the erstwhile State.

As a part of election campaign, Zafar Iqbal Manhas addressed largely attended public meetings at Fazalabad as well as in Surankote, District Poonch of Jammu and Kashmir.

Additional General Secretary of the Party, Arun Kumar Chibber among others were present in the public meeting.

Speaking in front of the enthusiastic Party workers, and general masses, Manhas recalled how the NC and PDP compromised the democratic values to stay in power and misled the people by exploiting them emotionally in the name of autonomy and self - rule.

He said that both these traditional regional parties have forgotten to promote their respective agenda of autonomy and self-rule in the ongoing elections because they know that they have been exposed and the people are not going to believe them anymore.

“Both of these parties, NC, and PDP denied constitutional rights to the Pahari tribes for decades. These regional parties humiliated the leaders who raised their voice in favour of the Pahari tribe to keep their dynastic regime unchallenged in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the situation has changed now as the Pahari tribes have got their due constitutional rights,” he stated.

He held the politicians from NC and PDP responsible for terrorism in Pir Panjal region as well as in Kashmir that resulted in the killing of innocent people.

He said that the NC leadership shall be held accountable for their misdeeds from 1931 till date in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the role of NC and PDP leaderships is questionable as they promoted instability in Pir Panjal, and parts of the valley in which innocent lives were lost.

Exposing the double standard of the PDP leadership, he recalled how the PDP President had said that the people would not raise the national flag, if the special status is touched.

“Contrary to the claim of their Party President, it was her PDP’s Jammu Unit that hoisted the national flag at their office premises in the year 2020,” he said.

At the same time, the role of NC has continued to remain doubtful because it wanted to keep the dynastic regime intact while compromising the peace.

Challenged the dynastic rule of NC and PDP, he said that these Parties have maintained silence over the killing of innocent youth in Kashmir valley during respective regimes.

He said the people were kept busy with divisive agenda so that they do not ask for basic amenities.

“The Pir Panjal does not have railway link, proper road connectivity, and medical care. However, if I am voted to the Lok Sabha, I will leave no stone unturned to get a separate Parliamentary seat for Rajouri-Poonch, Hill Development Council, fast completion of the railway line to connect Jammu - Poonch, promotion of the tourism spots, exploration of new tourism sites to boost local economy and explore employment, stop migration of the people, construction of two tunnels i.e., Peer Ki Gali, and Dera Ke Gali on Mughal road, to provide basic amenities, and improve health and educational infrastructure,” he said, while making a plea to the people vote and support him to the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

Expressing gratitude to the people for their support, he asked them to bring positive change for themselves and their future generation by casting their votes in his favour.