Srinagar: Addressing the party’s first-ever women’s convention in Srinagar, Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Tuesday said that “no human society can grow and develop as a civilized society unless it gives its due share to the womenfolk in the process of policy, planning, and development of the society.”
Bukhari said that his party believes that “the womenfolk, who constitute nearly half of the overall population, should be socially, economically, educationally, and politically empowered in order to develop a civilized society.”
According to a statement issued here, A grand function was organized in terms of the AP’s district woman’s convention at SKICC, which was largely attended by women from different walks of society, and women leaders and workers of the party from Srinagar.
In his speech, Syed Altaf Bukhari said, “With the experience of history, the world has a consensus that no society can grow and progress until it gives equal rights to women in terms of their participation in the planning, policy, and development. Therefore, we ought to give the due share of status and rights to the womenfolk in Kashmir, where the female gender has been the worst victim of the unrest over the period of more than three decades.”
He added, “Kashmir’s women have suffered as mothers, sisters, daughters, or the spouses of the victims who fall prey to the enduring conflict situation here. Now, we must wipe every tear from the eyes of our mothers and sisters. We must give them strength and lay an easy-going path leading to a better future.” “We have to ensure social, educational, economic, and political empowerment to make a prosperous society in Jammu and Kashmir.” He said.
Syed Altaf Bukhari further said, “Since Apni Party has an agenda to ensure sustained peace, prosperity, and development in Jammu and Kashmir; the women have a vital role to ensure the implementation of this agenda.”
Reiterating his party’s position, the AP President said, “I have already said it time and again that when AP gets the people’s mandate, we will take several initiatives to ensure the economic and social empowerment of women. We will endorse 33 percent female reservation in Govt services in J&K.”
He further said, “We will enhance marriage assistance to the girls up to 1 Lakh rupees, and the monthly widow pension up to five thousand rupees from the existing one thousand rupees. Also, we will give 4 free gas cylinders (refills) to every household annually,”
The convention was organized by the Provincial President of the Party’s Women’s Wing Dilshad Shaheen.
Bukhari congratulated Dilshada Ji and other party functionaries for organizing such a grand woman convention —a historic event in its nature as such a grand convention with massive participation of the women has been organized for the first time since 1975.
On this occasion, Dilshad Shaheen said, “Apni Party has a clear vision and agenda for women empowerment in J&K. We will change the existing scenario for good.”
She appealed to the women to join the Apni Party so that the movement for women empowerment in J&K is strengthened further. “Unlike in the past, we have an upright female literacy rate here, which is an indication that our sisters and daughter are awake and ready to play their role in the prosperity and development of J&K. The Apni Party is a perfect platform to work for the peace and prosperity of our land and the economic and political empowerment of women. We welcome the women from any part of the J&K into the fold of the party’s women wing.” She said,
The prominent party leaders and the senior political workers who were present on this occasion include President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Senior Vice-president Ghulam Hassan Mir, General Secretary Rafi Ahmad Mir, Provincial President Kashmir Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Party’s Youth Wing President and Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Junaid Azim Mattu, State Secretary Muntazir Mohi-ud-Din, Provincial President of Party’s Women’s Wing Dilshad Shaheen, DDC Member Karnah Advocate Najma Hamid, DDC Member Shaista Aslam, DDC Chairman Srinagar Aftab Malik, District President Srinagar Noor Mohammad Sheikh, District President Kupwara Raja Manzoor, District President Srinagar for the party’s Women’s Wing Iram Ji, District President Badgam Shakeela Banoo, Asha Parveen Ji, District President Kupwar Firdousa Ji, Senior leader women’s wing Sonia Sadaf Ji, Nighat Ji, Shaista Ji, Provincial Secretary Women’s Wing Frooza Ji, Coordinator Women’s Wing Rafeeqa Ji, Imaad Rafi Sahib, DDC Member Shabir Ahmad Reshi, Jeelani Kumar, Qaisar Ganai, DDC Member Mohammad Ashraf Palpori, Party’s District Coordinator Srinagar Tanbir Singh Sodhi, Sujada Bashir ji, DDC Member Qaisar Ahmad, Mohasin Zafar Shah In charge Khanyar constituency, Tariq Mohidin, Showkat Mohidin, Towseef Bashir, Additional Spokesperson Fazal Kashani, and others.