NC Tells MEA Meet: Restore J&K Spl Status To Ward-off Afghan Spill Over

External affairs minister S Jaishankar briefs the all-party panel over the present situation in Afghanistan, during a meeting at Parliament Annexe, in New Delhi, Thursday. (PTI)

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday asked the government of India to restore the ‘Special Status’ of the erstwhile state to ward-off the Afghan spill over into the region.

The remarks were made by the Party’s Member of Parliament from Anantnag Hassnain Masoodi while speaking in the MEA briefing on Afghanistan for Parliamentary floor leaders called by the GOI to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Government of India, on August 5, 2019, abrogated the Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir that was guaranteed by the India Constitution in the form of Articles 370 and 35-A.

“GOI (should) undo the August 5 decisions in order to ward-off the fall out of the change of guard in Afghanistan in the region particularly Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh,” Masoodi said according to a National Conference statement.

On the occasion the Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar briefed the leaders on the latest situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban Captured power there three weeks ago. In its briefing the MEA stated that New Delhi will go slow with the developments in Afghanistan and that the main agenda for the GOI is to repatriate Indian Nationals stuck there. It was also briefed by the concerned ministry that the GOI is carefully observing the developments in Afghanistan with main focus on ensuring security of Indian Nationals and their repatriation.

MEA spelled out various measures undertaken by it to ensure safe evacuation of Indian Nationals from Afghanistan in the coming days.

Speaking on the occasion various Members of Parliament expressed concern over the Afghan spill over in the region, particularly Jammu and Kashmir, & Ladakh.

Masoodi shared the concerns of the Parliament Members about the fall-out of the changing situation of Afghanistan in the region, particularly J&K and Ladakh. Expressing dissatisfaction over the “wait and watch” policy of the government, he said that the need of the hour calls for playing a more assertive and proactive role in order to protect its interests.

He said that policy limbo which New Delhi is fraught with could have serious ramifications for the entire region.

Referring to the fears triggered by the possible Afghanistan spillover, Masoodi said with eye on Afghanistan, GOI must not lose further time in revoking the decisions of August 5, 2019.
“To ensure that the anticipated spillover doesn’t play out in a manner that affects peace and stability in the region, the GOI must restore August 4, 2019 position to ease out the situation and generate goodwill among the populace of J&K.”

He also argued that the geopolitical shift that the takeover of Afghanistan has occasioned will not touch India, if timely correctives are taken vis-à-vis J&K, Ladakh.

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