Srinagar: Engineer Rashid, chief of the Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) on Wednesday said that National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah should call for an All Party Meet in order to ‘defend’ the special status of the state.
Rashid said that time for blame game was over and of the regional parties agree, they are ready to merge and form one strong regional party.
Addressing a press conference organised by Peoples United Front (PUF) – an amalgam of Rasheed-led AIP and Shah Faesal-led JKPM – the former lawmaker said time was running out fast to reach a consensus for defending the special status of the state.
“We urge Omar Sahab to call for an all party meet where all of us can formulate a joint strategy. PUF is ready to join a united platform to defend the special status of the state,” he said.
He said if Omar Abdullah failed to convene an all-party meet then PUF will convene an all party meet on its own.
“We know NC, PDP and PC is responsible for the present mess Kashmir is in. However, this is not the time for blame game,” said Rasheed while maintaining that the PUF was ready to work with everyone.
“If they want to merge all the parties and make one strong regional party we are also ready for that,” he said.
Shah Faesal, who was also present, added that people of Jammu and Ladakh should understand that the special status in not just valley-centric but for the whole state.
“People of the entire state should understand that the special status is also for Ladakh and Jammu divisions of the state not only for the Valley. I want to thank former bar presidents of Jammu who came out in support of the special status,” Faesal said.
They also launched a signature campaign in support of the protection of the state’s special status.