Freed Kashmiri leaders, imprisoned for the past one year, on Thursday 15 October 2020, have announced the formation of an alliance of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir  in order to campaign for the restoration of the special status of Kashmir  before the abolition of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution last year.

The announcement was made by the National Conference President and Member Parliament Farooq Abdullah in the presence of his son,  former chief minister Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti during a joint press conference  on October 15, 2020 in Srinagar, Kashmir.

The BJP central government scrapped the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last  year on 5 August 5 and has put the state into lockdown ever since.

The alliance meeting was attended by Mufti, Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone, CPIM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and Peoples Movement leader Javaid Mir, Omar Abdullah, vice president of National Conference and other senior leaders.

The formation of all-party alliance took place at a meeting held at the National Conference chief’s residence to discuss ‘Gupkar Declaration’.

‘Gupkar Declaration’ is a joint effort of all the regional mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir – the National Conference, the Peoples Democratic Party, the Peoples Conference, the Awami National Conference and the CPI (M) – to fight for the state’s special status.

“We have named this alliance as People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration. Our battle is a constitutional battle, we want the government of India to return to the people of the State the rights they held before 5th August 2019,” Farooq Abdullah said.

The alliance will hold talk with other parties and stakeholders on all issues related with Kashmir. Farooq Abdullah said the alliance also seeks a dialogue between all stakeholders for resolution of the issue pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir. “We will be informing you about the future course of action in due course,” the Jammu and Kashmir’s NC president added.