Ahead of first anniversary of abrogation of Art-370, JKAP demands statehood, restoration of 4G

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) Chief, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday demanded restoration of high-speed Internet and statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. According to Kashmir News Service (KNS), JKAP President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari was addressing a press conference at his Jammu office ahead of first anniversary of abrogation of Article 370 & 35(A). Bukhari said the party will continue its fight for the restoration of statehood which was snatched unilaterally last year by BJP government.

“The special status of Jammu and Kashmir was unilaterally snatched on August 5, 2019 followed by strict curbs for months. We will not give up. JKAP will continue its fight for restoration of statehood”, he said. Referring to the demand for 4G restoration, he said due to non-availability of high-speed internet services in valley all affairs of life have been badly affected. He added that putting illogical reasons for keeping the service shut is violation of fundamental rights of a citizen.

“The militants use satellite phones, not 4G which has not been restored despite repeated pleas. We do not know why people of J&K have been deprived from this right. It is an absolute violation of fundamental rights”, JKAP President said. He asserted that the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir is much better than other parts of the country. However he maintained that Covid-19 has put the entire world on same page. Refuting the assertions of administration regarding resolution of people’s grievances, Bukhari said that bureaucracy is not listening to the people and the claims about developmental works are absolute lie.

“Since Article-370 was removed from the constitution, there has been no developmental work in J&K, besides pleas of common people are not being listened as they are moving from pillar to post for resolution of day-to-day issues. Taking a dig on divisive politics, JKAP leader said that some elements are trying to create divide among the society while resorting to divisive politics. “Some elements are trying to bisect the society on political and religious lines which is highly deplorable. I appeal to people of both regions to come forward, unite and work together for the overall development of J&K” he said.