After leaders of the mainstream Kashmiri political parties held an all-party meet on Sunday, centered around the prevailing tensions in the valley, NC chief Farooq Abdullah in a subsequent press brief accentuated on the crucial aspects that were discussed in the meeting.
The meeting was held at NC chief Farooq Abdullah's residence and was attended by NC leader Omar Abdullah, political rivals PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, J&K People's Conference president Sajad Lone and others to discuss the situation in the state following the massive deployment of troops, curtailment of the Amarnath Yatra citing security reasons.
Earlier, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had told media that the leaders of various political parties had decided to meet at a hotel in Srinagar, but the police asked it not to allow any political meeting in its premises.
The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah said that the parties participating in the meeting would stay 'united in their resolve to protect and defend' the identity and anonymity of the state. Furthermore, asked both sides New Delhi and Islamabad to maintain peace.
The all-party meeting deliberated upon the prevailing political situation triggered by the massive deployment of security forces, advisories, abandonment of Amarnath Yatra, which has never happened before even when we had worst times and forced removal by tourists from the valley. It was unanimously resolved that all the parties would be united in their resolve to protect and defend identity, anonymity and the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh against all attack and onslaught whatsoever.
Abrogation of 35A, 370, trifurcation of the state would be aggression against the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh that the parties participating in this meeting resolve to seek audience with President of India, PM of India and also the other leaders of the political parties to apprise them of the current situation and make an appeal to them to safeguard the legitimate interest of the people of the state with regards to the Constitutional guarantees which have been given to the state. They will also apprise them of the wholesome consequences, both short and long-term, bound to follow the unconstitutional violation of these guarantees. The representatives of the political parties resolve to remain together and stand united in their struggle in safeguarding the identity, autonomy and the special status of the state. I'd like to appeal to the people of the state to be hopeful and patient.
I'd like to appeal to India and Pakistan, that they don't take such a step that tensions arise in both countries. This tension will strain both nations.