Mirwaiz says pro-India parties must ensure protection of Kashmir’s special status

india Updated: Aug 11, 2017 19:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq being detained by the police in Srinagar on July 13. (PTI File Photo)

Amid debate over alleged abrogation of article 35 A, moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said pro-India parties must ensure that the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was protected.

In a statement Mirwaiz said after the passing of goods and services tax (GST) that “did away with the state’s fiscal autonomy of disputed J&K, hectic efforts are underway by the BJP-RSS altogether to do away with the special status of J&K by challenging Article 35 A in the Supreme Court”.

“As this article bars non-J&K state subjects to settle and buy property in J&K, the article is being challenged in court with the view to alter the demography of the state by settling people from outside the state, with the right to acquire land and property, and vote in the Assembly elections,” alleged Mirwaiz, who continues to be under house arrest.

Mirwaiz claimed that it is basically aimed at reducing the Muslim majority of the state into a minority and change the basic character of the state in order to undermine and deeply affect its disputed nature.

“It is being done under a deliberate plan and is a part of the much flaunted ‘final solution’ to the Kashmir dispute by the Indian state led by the RSS,” he said.

Mirwaiz said it is a very serious and critical matter and pro India regional parties are duty bound to the people of J&K, not to allow it to happen and it is their responsibility to ensure that such designs are thwarted and resisted and the special status of the state is protected at all cost.

“Otherwise people will hit the streets as there is no way such measures will be tolerated by them, consequences of which will again be the sole responsibility of these parties,” he added.

Mirwaiz said those in power especially the Peoples Democratic Party should realize that their “weaknesses for power” is making people of Kashmir pay dearly and history will never forgive them if they continue in this manner.

Meanwhile, a protest rally was held outside Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers against the alleged plans of changing the special status of J&K, altering demography here and "atrocities" by the government against the people of Kashmir.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 19:38 IST