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Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari urges people to stand united, and not to fall prey to the divisive politics

Says, J&K people irrespective of their religion and geographical identities are sailing in the same boat in terms of their vulnerabilities, issues, grievances, and challenges

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Apni Party leader addresses public rally in Bijhama area of north Kashmir’s Uri; greets new entrants into the party fold.

Calling for unity and harmony among the masses, Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, who was on a day-long tour to north Kashmir’s Uri, on Tuesday urged people not to fall prey to the divisive politics by the conventional political parties.

He was addressing a public rally at Bijhama Uri, where people and his party workers gave him a warm welcome on his arrival.

According to a press release issued here, while addressing the gathering Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari cautioned people that traditional political parties and their leaders are out there to polarize communities and populations for their own political interests.

He said, “The traditional political parties and their leaders come to allure you with fake promises and emotional slogans. For their own political interests, they even try to divide you on the basis of variant political ideologies. But you must understand the fact that J&K people irrespective of their religion or regional identities or political affiliations are actually sailing in the same boat in terms of their vulnerabilities, issues, grievances, and challenges, thus you must stand united, maintain harmony, and not fall prey to the divisive politics of these self-centered and power-hungry politicians.”

He further said, “Apni Party does not believe in divisive politics. We never try to allure people with fake promises and emotional slogans. Our agenda is very simple, yet very significant: We are working for the peace, prosperity, and development of Jammu and Kashmir. We want to see J&K people prosperous irrespective of their caste, creed, or their geographical location, and political ideologies. And, we will keep striving for these achievable goals.”

Talking about J&K’s protracted turmoil, which has caused deaths and destruction over the years, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said, “J&K people have been grappling with instability and conflict for more than three decades, and they have seen bloodsheds and destructions occurring here in all these years. We are in dire need of a peaceful environment which would pave the way for prosperity and development. We cannot afford unending turmoil and continuous deaths here. We have to take care of the future of our young generation and the generations to come. Therefore, we need politics of peace here rather than the politics of conflicts.”

He promised that Apni Party would continue its work for sustainable peace in J&K. “I assure you that Apni Party will never indulge in the politics of hate and divisions. Unlike the traditional political parties, you will always see us abstaining from the emotional slogans that have been landing our youth either in jails or graveyards.”

Besides Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, the prominent leaders who were present at the rally venue included Party’s District President Baramulla Khurshid Ahmad Khan, Incharge Uri constituency Choudhary Mushtaq, Syed Mushtaq, Rafiq Balote, Manzoor Ahmad, Mukhtar Ahmad, Abdul Ahad, Syed Ahmad Khan, Abdul Majeed Shah, Mohammad Ramzan Pandith, Sher Ali Khan, Mohammad Syed Khan, Abdul Hameed Mir, Gulzar Ahmad Khan, Sarpanch Bijhama Javaid Ahmad Pandit Sarpanch Lachipora Mohammad Aslam Khan, Sarpanch Mayan Munnir Ahmad Khan, Sarpanch Maidana Mohammad Ashraf Chanhan and others.

During his daylong tour to Uri, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari visited various places including Gantamulla, Noorkha, Bijhama, Lachipora, and Maiyan Muqam. He met people of different walks and various delegations that included political, social, and religious personalities who besides apprising him of the present political scenario in Uri, informed him about the public issues and the grievances.

Meanwhile, a number of political leaders and activists from various parties in Uri joined Apni Party in presence of Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari. The new entrants from various areas of Uri included NC’s Block Vice President Mohammad Shafi Dar, Nazir Ahmad Khan from PDP, Halqa President from NC Mutvalli Mugal, Mohammad Aslam Sheikh (NC), Gulam Rasool Dar (NC), NC’s Halqa President Ghulam Mohammad Malik, Sarpanch Lachipora (B) Mohammad Aslam Khan, Syed Qazim Shah from Congress, Ghulam Mohammad Najar (NC), Mohammad Kamal Lone (NC), and others.


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