Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Kashmir shuts down over attempts to repeal special status provision

Kashmir shuts down over attempts to repeal special status provision

The legal experts on Saturday questioned the assurance that the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, claimed to have received from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Articles 370 and 35-A.

Terming the issue "very serious", Mirwaiz said "pro-India" regional parties are duty bound to the people of JK 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 protected at all cost.

Opposition National Conference (NC) on Saturday demanded a statewide referendum on Jammu and Kashmir's special status enshrined in the Constitution. But after the party forged an alliance with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir, they promised to maintain the special status in the Agenda of Alliance which defines their partnership in running the government.

"We are part of India and we are Indians". Therefore, Article 35A is in direct violation of Article 14.

Article 35A was added to the Constitution by a presidential order in 1954, it said. Even from a political point, the existence of such special legal provisions for Jammu and Kashmir is indirectly an acknowledgment in front of the worldwide community that the state is a disputed territory and therefore, it has a special status within the country. "Constitution of India and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir govern our living and existence but we have been vested with certain rights and we will protect those rights".

The Union government has rightly parted ways with the state government in front of the Supreme Court.

Rana accused the BJP of deliberately raking up such issues for politics and undermining the safeguards ensured to people of the state by the Constitution. It leads to the violation of the right of a woman to "marry a man of her choice".

The Chief Minister told that she spoke to the Prime Minister, the situation is normalizing but the people think that our identity can be in danger, so the message that "Jammu and Kashmir is the crown of India" should be reiterated. Going by Ms Mufti's assertion, it's now expected that Attorney General K K Venugopal will on behalf of the government defend the law in court.

Mehbooba Mufti, who met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, said Jammu and Kashmir was indeed a "Muslim majority state" but one also needed to note that "Hindus also live there, Sikhs and Buddhists also live there".

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