August 2017 News

Mirwaiz Warns Of Street Protests If Mainstream Parties Fail To Protect Art 35-A

11 August 2017
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday warned of street protests if mainstream parties in the State fail to protest Article 35-A, which bars non- state subjects to settle and buy property in J&K. 'After passing GST that did away with J&K's fiscal autonomy, hectic efforts are underway by BJP and RSS to do away with special status of the State by challenging Article 35-A in the Supreme Court. The Article is being challenged with the view to alter the demography of the state by settling people from outside the state, with the right to acquire land and property, and vote in the Assembly elections,' said Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest at his Nageen residence. He said abrogating Article 35-A was basically aimed at reducing 75% Muslim majority of the state into a minority and change the basic character of the state in order to undermine and deeply affect its disputed nature. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said it is being done under a deliberate plan and is part of the much flaunted 'final solution' to the Kashmir dispute by Indian state-led by RSS. Terming the issue as very serious and critical, he said, 'The mainstream parties in the State are duty bound to not allow abrogation of Article 35-A. It is their responsibility to ensure that such designs are thwarted and resisted and the special status of the state protected at all cost.' 'Otherwise people will hit the streets as there is no way such measures will be tolerated by them. The consequences of it will again be the sole responsibility of these parties,' he warned. Mirwaiz said for past 70 years, people of J&K have been striving and struggling and hugely sacrificing to make Government of India (GoI) accept the reality of the Kashmir dispute and make them fulfill their commitment to the people of Kashmir before the world community. He said it was duty of every Kashmiri to safeguard these sacrifices and play their role in resolution of the dispute. 'Since last year, over 160 civilians have been killed with impunity by the Indian forces while thousands became victims to pellet guns and lost their eyes and limbs,' the Hurriyat (M) chairman said. He said those in power, especially PDP, should realize that their weaknesses for power is making people of Kashmir pay dearly and history will never forgive them if they continue in this manner. Meanwhile, on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership, a protest rally was held outside Jama Masjid after Friday prayers to protest against the highhandedness of forces and attempts to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.