National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Thursday announced the formation of ‘People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’ in Jammu and Kashmir. The NC chief convened a meeting at his residence for chalking out the future course of action on ‘Gupkar Declaration’ with regard to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir which was revoked by the Centre in 2019.

After the meeting, Abdullah said, “People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration favours initiation of dialogue between all stakeholders for resolution of JK issue. People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration aims to restore JK’s constitutional status as it existed before August 5, 2019.”

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who was released from detention after 14 months on Tuesday, also attended the meeting.

“My father and I called on Mehbooba Mufti Sahiba to enquire about her well-being after her release from detention,” NC vice president Omar Abdullah told reporters. He said the PDP leader has accepted the invitation for the meeting of signatories to the Gupkar Declaration on Thursday. “She has kindly accepted Farooq sahib’s invitation to join a meeting of the Gupkar Declaration signatories tomorrow afternoon,” Omar said.

Gupkar Declaration is a resolution issued after an all-party meeting on August 4, 2019 at the Gupkar residence of the NC president. The resolution at the end of the meet on August 4, 2019, a day before the Centre announced its decision of revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split it into two Union territories, said the parties unanimously resolved that they would be united in their effort to protect and defend the identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir against all attacks and onslaughts.

The parties had met again in August 2020 and vowed to fight for restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

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