No signature of Sheikh Abdullah on ‘Instrument of Accession’

Srinagar: In a startling revelation that has come from Archives of India, the founder of National Conference Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah is not the signatory of ‘Instrument of Accession’. The information obtained by social activist Advocate Irfan Hafeez Lone through Ministry of Home Government of India, under Right to Information Act, Archives of India has submitted that Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was not signatory of Instrument of Accession while the accession document carried the signatures of Maharaja Hari Singh and the the Governor General of India.

“There is a common perception that Sheikh Abdullah signed the Instrument of Accession but the information received by me from Archives of India clearly maintains that Sheikh has not signed the Accession Document. Besides, the contents of the document makes it clear that Jammu and Kashmir unlike other states have only acceded and merged with India,” Lone told news agency CNS.

“It is for the first time the information about the Instrument of Accession has been made public by Government of India. The Instrument of Accession signed by Maharaja Hari Singh makes it clear that India has no right to extend any amendment or to extend its authority over Jammu and Kashmir beyond the three subjects viz: Defence, External Affairs and Communications,” he said. (CNS)

3 Responses to "No signature of Sheikh Abdullah on ‘Instrument of Accession’"

  1. Muntazar Mustaffa Shah   September 3, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    The princely state of J& K did accede but did not get merged with Indian union as is the case with other princely states. This has been revealed emphatically by Dr Karan Singh who has been part of Kashmir history

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  2. Hussain Andrabi   September 3, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    There was never any claim that Sheikh Abdullah too signed the Agreement. The Maharaja had fled Srinagar on 25 October but reached Jammu 27 October, the day India landed it’s troops in Srinagar. The date the document was supposed to have signed, the Maharaja was somewhere between Srinagar and Jammu. Most neutral historians believe that the Agreement was not signed by the time Indian troops landed in Srinagar. The document has never seen the day light ever since it was allegedly signed.

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  3. Ahmer   September 4, 2016 at 7:53 am

    The Instrument of Accession was signed by Maharaja Hari Singh, the sovereign of the princely state of J&K and Lord Mountbatten the Governor General of India on 27 Oct 1947. Maharaja Hari Singh lived till 1962 and never questioned it, nor has any of his heirs. Lord Mountbatten lived till 1979 and never questioned the Instrument.

    The Instrument of Accession was the same that some 520 other princely states that acceded to India had signed. There was never a separate document of merger and neither J&K nor any other princely state signed any other document than the Instrument of Accession.

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