Srinagar, May 30, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the presence of even truncated Article 370 in the Indian constitution is a proof that Jammu and Kashmir is not any UP or Punjab like state of India rather it is a disputed region and its final decision of settlement is still pending.
While commenting upon the controversial statement of new Indian Minister of State, Dr. Jitender Singh over the Article 370, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “New Delhi, in fact, wants to finish it entirely so that they can make a large scale demographic change in the territory to convert the Muslim majority of Jammu and Kashmir into a minority.”
He said that India was looking for implementing a dangerous plan of grabbing our land on Israeli pattern. He cautioned that any attempt to abrogate this documentary proof of Kashmiri disputed nature would be opposed tooth and nail.
“If it happens, then our freedom struggle will enter a new era and the entire population will unanimously fight against the Indian occupation under a single banner and it will be a decisive phase of this movement,” he added.
Jitendra Singh, Narendra Modi’s powerful deputy in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on his first day in office, had said that the new BJP-led government had started discussions for revoking Article 370 that provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, All India Congress Committee (AICC) member and former minister Abdul Ghani Vakil reacting to the statement said that Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to grab land in Kashmir and facilitate settlement of communal forces. He warned that nobody would be allowed to dilute Article 370.
Constitutional expert, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, in an interview said that any move by New Delhi to scrap the Article would entitle people of Kashmir to the right to plebiscite wherein wishes of people would have to be ascertained.
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