Saving Article 35A Matter Of Life And Death For Kashmiris : Mirwaiz

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SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and Awami Action Committee patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said people of Kashmir were ready to offer any sacrifice to counter the “onslaught” against Article 35A  as it is a “matter of life and death for us.”

Soon after he was  released from house arrest, Mirwaiz convened an emergency meeting at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal over the prevailing situation where youth and the AAC activists greeted Mirwaz amid pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans.

Addressing the gathering, Mirwaiz expressed his grave concern over the current situation when India and Pakistan are engaged in an eyeball to eyeball conflict and the region is in great danger of destruction. Mirwaiz said that he has repeatedly said that war is no solution to the problems between India and Pakistan especially for the resolution of Kashmir dispute and its precarious offshoots.

Mirwaiz said Kashmir dispute will have to be eventually resolved by peaceful means. He said while the region is facing threat of further escalation in the meantime efforts and ploys are being employed by New Delhi to undermine the dispute and muzzle all voices by extremely coercive measures. Mirwaiz said that change in the disputed nature of Kashmir would face stiff resistance from every Kashmiri as in this regard people of Kashmir and the leadership are on the same page. Mirwaiz said that Kashmir dispute was purely a political and human issue that needs to be resolved by means of sustained dialogue and not by any war or skirmishes. He said it has again become evident that non-resolution of Kashmir issue was the major threat to peace for entire sub-continent and South Asia. 

Mirwaiz said oppressive measures and threats to muzzle voices in Kashmir by jailing pro-resolution leaders, imposing curfew, and launching a massive crackdown on the socio-religious leaders carders and imams will be met with stiff resistance He said in this situation people and the leadership have to remain united to face the onslaught unleashed on us.

Mirwaiz termed the ban on the Kashmir’s socio-religious organisation Jamaat-e-Islami as highly undemocratic, unconstitutional and uncalled for. Mirwaiz said that imposing five year ban on JeI amounts to direct intervention into religious rights and practices, which deserves highest form of condemnation.

Mirwaiz said that GoI’s fresh oppression in the form of NIA and ED raids on homes of pro-resolution leaders and common people is aimed at intimidating leadership and people which was destined to fail. He said these agencies are trying to defame Leadership and frame them in fictitious and fake cases to “legally” put them in the jails but such moves can in no way change the reality of the history of dispute nor situation on ground nor can it break the commitment of people of Kashmir who have all been in some form or other struggling for resolution. 

Mirwaiz said that every attempt aimed at diluting or tinkering with Article 35A would face stiff resistance by all sections of people of Kashmir. GoI has always used ploys to dilute the disputed nature of Kashmir and this time they have taken a legal route to rolling back the State subject law but Kashmiri people and the leadership are united to fight all moves tooth and nail.


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