Kashmir Indepth

AIP, JKPM announce pre-poll alliance under PUF for assembly elections


Srinagar, June 18 : In a significant development, Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) and J&K People’s Movement (JKPM) has entered into an alliance for the upcoming assembly elections under the banner of People’s United Front (PUF).

According to reports, the alliance coordination committee chairman Javiad Mustafa Mir while addressing a press conference at Press Club Srinagar on Tuesday said the functioning of the alliance will be monitored by a 6-member coordination committee with 3 members from each party and shall be headed by Mir himself.

Javiad Mustafa Mir is the chairman of JKPM founded and headed by bureaucrat-turned politician Shah Faesal.

“In view of the prevailing political circumstances in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, Awami Itehaad Party and J&K People’s Movement have decided to enter into a pre-poll alliance and gather under the banner of ‘People’s United Front’,” Mir said.

He said “the alliance has been necessitated by the ongoing political uncertainty in the State, apprehensions with regard to assault on the special status and the absence of any credible political alternative in the State that could address both the political vacuum and the and the absence of good governance”.

People’s United Front will make all efforts to unite all people of the State, irrespective of religion, region, caste and creed and seek for all citizens of the state equal opportunities and social, economic and political justice, Javaid Mustafa said, adding that the alliance shall follow the duly agreed upon Common Agenda for Alliance.

On the occasion, AIP president Er Rasheed said the alliance is not against any individual, party, community or region but is aimed at providing people of entire State a durable, workable and strong political alternative “which would give them not only best governance but will also do whatever possible and required to find a permanent resolution to the political issue that may suit the sentiments, sacrifices and aspirations of people of erstwhile state of J&K”.

Er Rasheed expressed confidence that PUF will form the government on its own as people of J&K have a right to live with honour and dignity and get what they deserve.

JKPM president Shah Faesal said the alliance will not let down the people of the State and will deliver on all fronts.

He pledged that “the alliance is committed to protect not only the Article 35-A and Article 370 but will struggle sincerely to achieve what has been snatched or what the people of the state deserve”.

PUF will provide good governance and strive to give justice to people of all regions and religions, Shah Faesal said.

On the occasion, a 45-point common agenda of alliance was also released unveiling the alliance’s roadmap over various important political and governance issues.

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