SRINAGAR: Asserting that the people of Kashmir are “under assault from all sides”, the joint resistance leadership on Monday said efforts towards abrogating Article 35A are part of the “final solution” to the Kashmir issue of the Indian state “led by RSS”.
“This is a very serious issue with serious ramifications. If any effort is made in this direction, (the leadership would) ask people to launch a vigorous agitation against this major ploy to change the basic character of the state’s special status, the consequences of which will be entirely on the ruling regime,” the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement issued here.
They said, “On one front, killing of youth, firing upon protestors and persecution of leadership through fabricated cases by NIA continues, and on other hand, after the passing of GST, (which) did away with the state’s fiscal autonomy, hectic efforts are now on to do away with the special status altogether by challenging Article 35A in the Indian Supreme Court.
“As this Article bars non-J&K state subjects to settle and buy property in J&K, (it) is being challenged in court 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,” they said.
The leadership said Kashmir is an internationally acknowledged conflict for which its people have given tremendous sacrifices for the last seven decades and continue to do so. “Every effort to undermine (this) fact by such ploys is unacceptable to the people of Kashmir, who will oppose it tooth and nail.”
They said instead of these tactics, the government of India should work towards the resolution of the dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of the state and for a peaceful subcontinent.