Srinagar: NC Member of Parliament from Anantnag Justice (Rtd) Hasnain Masoodi has welcomed the observations made by the Supreme Court, while disposing of the Special Leave Petition filed by Kashmir Bar president Mian Abdul Qayoom to question his detention under Public Safety Act.
The Court while parting with judgment observed that “Kashmir has been a troubled area; Nature has been very kind to the place. It is the human race that has been unkind,” The Court added “It is time for all wounds to be healed and look to the future within the domain of our country.”
Masoodi stated that the observations are in the nature of an acknowledgement that Kashmir is wounded and its wounds need to be healed and that “hope is something which creates the future.”
The statement adds that the breach of commitments made in 1947, 1952 and 1975 to Jammu and Kashmir, stripping it of its identity and autonomy and fragmenting the state into two union territories has inflicted deep wounds on Jammu and Kashmir which need to be healed by undoing the decision taken on 5th August 2019 and restoring the autonomy enjoyed by the State as agreed upon under Delhi Agreement of 1952, the Constitution of India and the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. Stating that “hope is something that creates the future” as aptly observed by the top Constitutional Court, Masoodi has expressed hope that the Government of India will take note of spirit, essence and underlying message of the observations and take immediate steps to heal the wounds inflicted and undo injustice done.
Masoodi has reminded the Government of India of the promises made by the successive Governments and senior leaders like Jawahar Lal Nehru, Morarji Desai and Atal Behari Vajpayee to the people of Jammu and Kashmir including the recent one that “ Sky is the limit” when extent of autonomy is discussed. Masoodi has reminded the Government that the massive disapproval of 5th August 2019 decisions and demand for restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir is essentially the struggle for upholding the supremacy and dignity of the Constitution of India as people of Jammu and Kashmir are of the view that 5th August decisions are an assault on the Constitution and have been taken in gross violation of letter and spirit of Constitution.
Masoodi has impressed upon the Government of India to desist from implementing the Reorganisation Act and put on hold the steps like Delimitation, Domicile Law, Amendments in COBOA and Development Act, out of respect for the Supreme Court as the Court is examining the constitutional validity of the Reorganisation Act and the Government of India and all other limbs of the State are expected to put the implementation of a constitutionally suspect law on hold till the Court hands down its verdict.
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