Article 35A:I Will be First Person on Road,Says Dr Farooq


Srinagar—While stating that only friendly relations between India and Pakistan will resolve Kashmir issue, Opposition National Conference leader and MP Dr Farooq Abdullah Monday said that he will be the first person to “lay his life” if Article 35A is fiddled with.

“If 35A is fiddled, Farooq Abdullah will be the first person to hit the streets and lay his life for it. Those who are telling people in Jammu that 35A is affecting them negatively they are befooling them. When Maharaja brought State subject law in 1927, it favoured people in Jammu more than Kashmiris. Because Kashmiris did not own the land then, they were its tillers only,” Abdullah said while addressing the party workers during a convention called to create awareness among people and mobilise support for Article 35A.

He said that by abrogating Article 35A, Jammu will be the biggest looser compared to Kashmir as situation in Kashmir is not well and people will be afraid to come here.

The NC patron said that he prays to give Mehbooba Mufti the strength to safeguard Article 35A and fight the BJP as she is the chief minister of the state.

“Mehbooba Mufti called on me. She was worried about 35A. But I told her that ‘I congratulate you that you have understood what your alliance is upto’. Whatever I had to suggest to her as a father, I suggested. I pray to Allah to give her strength to safeguard Article 35A and fight against BJP as she is our chief minister,” he said.

While saying that friendly relations between India and Pakistan are very important for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Friendship between the two countries will only take us out of the conflict and tragedy. Kashmiris are dying on both the sides of the Line of Control. And innocent soldiers die here and there as well. Until there is a friendly relation between the two countries, Kashmir issue will linger on. UN or US do not care about us. And they do not see what is wrought upon us daily,” he said.

The MP said that India did not fulfill its promise made with people of Kashmir.

“94 presidential orders were issued to make Article 370 hollow. And these Presidential Orders have not legal standing as constitutionally no order can be issued after Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir was dissolved,” he said.

“But they did it thinking we are fools. But these forcible decisions will one day swallow them,” he said.

He said that people of Jammu and Kashmir acceded with India that was flourishing and promoting Gandhi’s ideology.

“We never went with Pakistan. We annexed with Gandhi’s India. But today they are disintegrating the same India with bad steps like Ghar wapsi etc. We are Muslims are we have never been against their religion. The constitution of India is same for all religions,” he said.

Hinting towards BJP, Abdullah said that by their forcible decisions and steps, they will disintegrate the country.

“The country will disintegrate by the forcible steps you are taking. If you want to keep this country untied you have to respect people of all religions,” he said.

“You cannot divide this state. Let’s see how you will strengthen India by dividing Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

On extending GST to the state, he said that Finance Minister lied to the people. “He is dishonest and liar. He lied to us on GST and now its impact is on people and small shopkeepers,” he said. KNS

NC to move SC as private party: Omar

The opposition National Conference (NC) is in talks with top legal luminaries of the country to defend the Article 35A in the Supreme Court as a private party, its working president Omar Abdullah has said.

Addressing a rally in Poonch district yesterday, he accused the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir of putting up “weak defense” in the case while countering the challenge to Article 35A in the apex court.

“The PDP-led government cannot be trusted on this crucial and sensitive issue that relates to identity, dignity and existence of people of the State,” the former chief minister said.

He said the NC would not let Article 35A to go at the strength and commitment of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

“The machinations of the BJP to repeal this proviso through judicial process will not be allowed to succeed,” he said.

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