Delhi Powerless to Tinker With 370: JKLF

SRINAGAR:  Claiming that the design behind the article 370 debate raked up by a union minister was to change the Kashmir discourse from independence to centre-state relations, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik  Saturday said his party would soon start a “Quit Kashmir” movement.

Blasting the Union Minister Jitendra Singh for raking up the issue of Article 370,Malik said the centre had no powers to tamper with the provision.

There is a design behind the Indian junior minister’s statement that article 370 would be revoked. There is a storm of debate over this in India and also in Kashmir. Everywhere in Kashmir people are discussing the fate of article 370,” Malik said.

Malik contended that the Indian government or parliament does not have the legal power to revoke article 370.

“The Government of India or Parliament does not have the powers to make any changes with regard to Article 370. It was the so-called Legislative Assembly which gave powers to Government of India and Parliament to enact laws for Jammu and Kashmir. What are these parties now making noise about?” he asked.

He lashed out at mainstream political parties including National Conference and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for raising a “hue and cry” over the minister’s remarks.

“It is these parties, which are today threatening Jihad (Holy War), who have gradually eroded the Article 370 over the decades,” he said.

Union Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh had kicked up a controversy with his remarks that efforts will be made to “convince” the “unconvinced” on abrogation of Article 370, evoking sharp retorts from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the PDP.

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