Peoples’ Democratic Alliance for Gupkar Declaration to visit Jammu on Nov 7

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LUBNA FAYAZ

Srinagar (NVI): A delegation of the Peoples’ Democratic Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), which was formed last month to fight for the restoration of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status, will visit the Jammu region over the weekend.

The visit takes place amid anger over notification of rules to allow outsiders to buy non-agricultural land in the Union Territory. However, J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal clarified in a recent press briefing that under the new land laws for Jammu and Kashmir, agricultural land can now only be sold to agriculturists from within the Union Territory.

Former J&K chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone and CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami will be part of the delegation.

“The PAGD leadership will visit Jammu on November 7 and meet leaders of the Jammu province and prominent people there to know the ground realities,” said a leader from Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Another leader said the delegation could also visit some other districts of the Jammu province.

“Once the first meeting is held in Jammu, the leadership will decide about the further programme,” he said.

A delegation of PAGD on Friday visited Drass and Kargil in Ladakh under former chief minister Omar Abdullah’s leadership and vowed to fight for the restoration of the special status and Jammu & Kashmir’s unification.

The PAGD also plans to hold its first convention in Srinagar this month.

-ARK