If divisional status not given to Pir Panjal, locals can also think of ‘undemocratic ways to get demand fulfilled’: PDP

PDP on Saturday warned of protests if divisional status was not given to Pir Panjal region.

Addressing a press conference at Rajouri, senior PDP leader Chowdhary Zulfikar Ali welcomed the status given to Ladakh and demanded the same for Pir Panjal.

“Shelving four lane project for Jammu-Poonch highway and restricting it to Akhnoor, no sanction of railway line and restricting fund allocation are glaring examples of discrimination,” he said, adding that ignoring demand of division status for Pir Panjal was a fresh example.

Chowdhary added that the people of the region have always kept democracy alive and it was demonstrated by 90 per cent voting during the peak of militancy. He was accompanied by former MLA of Rajouri Qamar Hussain.

“If even after voting in such high numbers and remaining active in democracy, people strive to get their issues resolved then these people can also think of following some other ways outside the democratic process to get their demands fulfilled,” he warned.

When asked to explain ‘other measures’, he said that people could take to streets and stage protests if their demand was not fulfilled.

On Friday, Jammu and Kashmir government approved for the creation of a separate division for Ladakh as a revenue and administrative division, ahead of the 2019 general elections in the region.

The development occured after the two districts- Leh and Kargil- had consistently demanded for the same. Approval of the posts of Divisional Commissioner (Ladakh) and Inspector General of Police (Ladakh) have also been carried out. The new division will have its headquarters in Leh.

In her reaction, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had said:

Meanwhile, National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah had said that if his party wins in the upcoming elections, NC will grant division status to Chenab valley and Pir Panjal regions. 

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