APM says modification of Art 35-A, Art 370 will be aggression on JK residents
National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah said any modification in or abrogation of Articles 35-A, Article 370, unconstitutional delimitation or trifurcation of the State would be an aggression against the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
Addressing a joint news conference after holding an All Party Meeting (APM) on the current political uncertainty at his Gupkar residence, Farooq said it was unanimously resolved that the APM would also seek audience with the President and Prime Minister of India and the leaders of other political parties to apprise them of the current situation in Jammu Kashmir.
“We will make an appeal to them to safeguard the legitimate interests of the people of the State regarding the constitutional guarantees given to the State by the constitution of our country,” he said.
The APM on the prevailing situation in the Valley was earlier scheduled at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti's residence but the venue was changed at the last moment and shifted to NC chief’s house as he was stated to be unwell.
The meeting deliberated upon the prevailing political situation triggered by massive deployment of the government forces, advisories issued, midway abandonment of Amarnath yatra, and forced removal of tourists from the Valley.
In the past few days, Kashmir is witnessing “chaotic scenes” after the government asked Amarnath yatris and tourists to curtail their stay in the Valley in view of the “threat perception” of militants.
A large number of people were seen hoarding supplies including food material, fuel, and medicine and also seen queuing outside ATMs to withdraw cash.
In the past few days, rumours were ripe in Kashmir about the Government of India’s preparation to abrogate Article 35-A that grants special rights to the people of Jammu Kashmir.
The reports of a possible “trifurcation” of the State are also making rounds on various social and public platforms.
Farooq said all the parties would be united in their resolve to be protected and defend identity, autonomy and special status of Jammu Kashmir against all attacks and onslaughts.
“The representatives of the political parties resolved to remain together and stand united in their struggle for safeguarding identity, autonomy and special status of the State,” he said.
Farooq also urged both New Delhi and Islamabad not to take any step that may increase tensions between the two countries.
Earlier in the day, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said Police had notified all hoteliers against allow the APM at their premises.
“Keeping in view the current political uncertainty in the Valley, the mainstream political parties were supposed to meet in a hotel, but Police conveyed all hotels not to allow the meeting,” Mehbooba said.
She said the State was going through a tough time and all political and religious organisation and the separatist camp should get united to defend the interests of Jammu Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by NC Vice President Omar Abdullah, NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Members of Parliament of NC Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, Muhammad Akbar Lone, NC Provincial President Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, Patron PDP Muzaffar Hussain Beg, PDP General Secretary Abdul Rehman Veeri, Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone, Imran Reza Ansari, Abdul Gani Vakil, State Congress Vice President Taj Mohiudin, CPI (M) State Secretary Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami, Jammu Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) Shah Faesal, Muzaffar Shah of Awami National Conference, Uzair Ronga of JKPM and Suhail Bukhari of PDP.