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Political parties should avoid drama on Article 370 return: Altaf Bukhari

Says society cannot come back on righteousness till religious leaders are released

Srinagar: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Saturday said that political parties should avoid doing drama on Article 370 return, which was taken away by New Delhi on August 05, 2019.

Speaking on the sidelines of a public meeting in Srinagar’s Rajbagh, Bukhari said as today the abrogation of Article 370 has completed four years “we believe it was a black day as rights of J&K people were snatched in broad day light.”

He said August 05 was a tragedy for whole J&K as 200 years old State was downgraded to two Union Territories.

To a query, Bukhari said he doesn’t want to blame anyone. “We all should try to provide relief to our people and refrain from drama bazi over return of Article 370. The political parties should avoid drama bazi on return of Article 370. They are none to bring it back. It is Supreme Court which can return it,” Bukhari said.

While hitting out at NC and PDP, he said “Had they not made our identity suspicious, our position would have different today. They (NC and PDP) attributed J&K with India during power and spoke indifferent while remaining out of power.”

He also said those who were willing to hold meetings today, did congregations as usual, however, some are creating drama about restrictions and house detentions.

While replying to a query, he said there is a great role of religious clerics to make people aware about lethal consequences of indecency, drug addiction, and other moral degradation activities.

“I believe the society will not come to the track till our religious leaders are not released. The detained religious leaders including those associated with Jamaat-e-Islami have a great role in sensitizing masses through Quran.”

He also added Jamaat-e-Islami is banned for its political activities but it shouldn’t be stopped to diseminate the true message of Quran.

Bukhari reiterated that J&K’s destiny lies with India and added, “Pakistan cannot give us anything”.

He said that “we have to fight on our own to get snatched rights back instead of relying on some other country.”

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