Why Didn’t You Restore Autonomy: Rasheed Tells Omar


SRINAGAR — Questioning former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for his claim that seeking protection to Article 35-A means believing in resolution to Kashmir dispute within Indian constitution, AIP President and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Tuesday said that has asked mainstream parties to apologise for their failures and giving New Delhi a free hand to intensify its attempts to change the demography of the state.

Rasheed in a statement said that while every citizen of the state is genuinely showing huge concerns about the conspiracies against 35-A, unfortunately, mainstream parties are using it to strengthen India’s narrative on the dispute, but need not forget that J&K dispute is not about restoring autonomy but fulfilling the commitments made with people of undivided state at United Nations.

“Let there be no confusion that protecting 35-A and other related provisions has become a compulsion of people of the state and the resolution to the Kashmir dispute never lies in the restoration of autonomy. While trying to show sympathy with the Kashmiris and becoming strong advocate of seeing a possible resolution to dispute within Indian constitution, Omar Abdullah should not forget that it was late Sheikh Sahab who was jailed as Prime Minister of the state but after 22 years he surrendered and took oath as the Chief Minister, thus not only betrayed his own people but even his own conscience,” the spokesman quoted Rasheed as saying.

He said that if autonomy is the solution to the dispute then who and what has stopped mainstream parties from getting it restored. (CNS)

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