Protecting unity, integrity of JK our primary goal: Sagar

Protecting unity, integrity of JK our primary goal: Sagar

Srinagar:The National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar on Saturday said that protecting the unity and the integrity of Jammu and Kashmir is the primary goal of the party.
“The primary goal of the party is to protect the territorial integrity, identity, special status and the pluralistic visage of the state. The party has always rendered immense sacrifices for the protection of the interests of the state,” he said while addressing a series of workers convention at Shangus, Kokernag, and Dooru Verinag – according to the statement.
He said: However, the situation our state is facing today is far more perilous. Today our state is facing onslaught from all sides on its identity and unity. Forces as have traditional been against the special constitutional position of the state are contriving their level best to obliterate Art 370, Art 35-A; however our party will not allow any such gambit to materialize.
The NC leader Nasir Aslam Wani on the occasion said that Art 370, Art 35-A were the articles of faith for the party. “The articles are as necessary and pivotal for Jammu and Ladakh regions as they are for Kashmir. These articles besides sanctifying the constitutional bond between the state and New Delhi protect the rich culture of all the regions of the state. Above and beyond that the articles protect the exclusive right of the people living in all the regions of the state in jobs, scholarships.
“If the articles are done away with, the youth of the state notwithstanding which region of the state they belong to will be snatched of their exclusive right over the jobs, scholarships in the state. Moreover, the local youth of the state will find it very difficult to get admissions in the colleges and universities of the state,” he said.
Aslam added: If we continue to forge unity amongst ourselves, no one would dare to touch it. The need of the hour calls for joining our efforts for the protection of the special status of the state.
Another NC leader Sakina Itoo said that the state of J&K belongs to its people, “The people of the state are the lawful owners of this land. For past five years we didn’t see the government of India do anything towards bringing rapprochement and reconciliation in the state.”
“I am hopeful that the new dispensation at New Delhi will heal the wounds of the people of the state in particular the people of valley,” she said.