Padgaonkar, Dulat defend J&K’s special status

NEW DELHI: Former interlocutor Dilip Padgaonkar and former intelligence chief A S Dulat have expressed surprise over BJP-led union government’s controversial statement about J&K’s constitution position within Indian Union.

Dilip Padgaonkar, who is also a renowned journalist,  Wednesday said that the Instrument of Accession of Kashmir with India would automatically come into question if Article 370 was revoked. He said that he completely agreed with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that Kashmir would cease to be a part of India in case the present central government revoked the sensitive provision from the Indian constitution.

“I feel that one of the BJP leaders have come up with a statement on the revocation of Article 370 without knowing its constitutional and political implications. BJP leader Dr Jitendar Singh Rana must understand that it is the Article 370 which connects Kashmir with India,” CNS quoted Padgaonkar as said.

Meanwhile former chief of India’s premier intelligence agency, who has been working as a lobbyist after retirement, has advised Kashmir’s political parties not to take statements about the revocation of Article 370 seriously. “There is nothing serious about it and nobody is going to revoke this article,” CNS quoted Dulat as said adding that the matte was being blown out of proportion.

“I am telling you that it is not a serious issue and nobody is going to revoke it. Modi only talked about having a debate on this issue when he was in Jammu. Article 370 is there and it is not going to be revoked,” Dulat said.

Dulat also defended Omar’s reaction and said, “As a Kashmiri Omar Abdullah’s reaction was up to the mark.”

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