Article 370 row: Malik announces re-launch of Quit Kashmir Movement

SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik Saturday came down heavily on pro-Indian parties in Kashmir for raising the issue of Article 370, saying it is being aimed to divert the discourse of the freedom movement in Kashmir to State-Centre relationship.
“Spinning things is India’s specialization. Everyone knows Kashmir freedom movement is not new. They have burst new balloon after elections. This is nothing but a ploy to change the discourse and make it appear that Kashmir issue is a state-centre relationship,” Malik told reporters here.
The front chairman also announced re-launch of the ‘Quit Kashmir Movement’ in order to counter the article 370 debate generated in Kashmir to overshadow the freedom movement.
Malik said article 370 can’t be revoked by any Indian government as they have no power to do so, and said what dilutions has been made time and gain were done by the pro-India parties through so called state assembly.
“So far the laws which were extended to the Jammu and Kashmir were not enacted by India itself but by these people who were helm of affairs here. Now they are shedding crocodile tears.  For what they are coming on streets?”, he said adding  “No Indian cabinet or constitution or prime minister have power to revoke it (Article 370).”
Malik said Article 370 has been 98 percent eroded by the successive regimes in the state starting from Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah to Ghulam Mohammad Baskhi or Ghulam Muhammad Sadiq to Ghulam Mohammad Shah or Farooq Abdullah to  Mufti Sayeed and now Omar Abdullah.
He said neither Indian Parliament nor the government has any constitutional and legal right to erode 370, and the article has 98 has already been repealed by the successive regimes in Kashmir.
He said Jammu and Kashmir had its own Prime minister, Sadr-e-Riyasat, Election Commission, Supreme Court, but said the employees of New Delhi (Pro-Indian Parties in Kashmir) eroded all the things here.
“Sheikh Abdullah in 1951 declared the people here as the Indian citizens. G M Bakshi after 1953 abolished the permit system under which every person before entering or leaving the state had to attain a permit. Now when Mufti is taking about self rule and own governor of the state, he was the minster in the cabinet of Sadiq when he changed the nomenclature of posts. Prime Minister became Chief Minister and Sadder-e-Reyasat governor. During this time, Indian Supreme Court was given the jurisdiction of the state in that era too. In July 23, 1975, special status was blown into pieces when Assembly was given the directive not to pass any law that was concerned to the governor, election commission of India or status of assembly in Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
Malik said discourse was being generated in the people at international forum that everyone in the state is not with the Azadi.
“Few years before a debate of state trifurcation was generated to show the world it was a local administrative issue,” Malik said.
Yasin said the hue and cry of the pro-India parties is nothing but a deliberate attempt to divert the people from the ongoing resistance movement and the impression is being given to Kashmiris that who supports the special status and who is opposing the same.
Malik also quoted former two time acting prime minister of India, Gulzari Lal Nanda, who had said that “Article 370 is a hollow shell. Whether you keep it or not it has been completely emptied of its contents. Nothing has been left in it.”
Malik said after the oath taking ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when Modi met Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif, Modi told Sharif to rectify the wrongs and handed them a questioner.
Malik said that Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah after coming to power as a chief minister of J&K in 1978, his government’s first ‘gift’ to Kashmiris was Public Safety Act (PSA) and under which thousands of innocent Kashmiris languished in different jails and many are still languishing in jails.
“Ghulam Mohammad Shah introduced TADA in the state when Muzaffar Hussain Beigh was the advocate general here. Now he is singing poetry for the oppressed and for Shaheed Maqbool Bhat. He was r a collaborator in introducing TADA in the state,” Malik said.
Malik also said it was Mufti Sayeed under whose tenure Kashmiri Women lost their right to property in Kashmir if they marry outside of the state. “It was he who in 2004 passed a law against the high court verdict that had said that any Kashmiri women marrying outside Kashmir shall be entitled to buy land in Kashmir,” he said.
“Mufti has come up with Self rule formula to resolve Kashmir issue; however, he was the same who snatched the property right of Kashmiri women. He is the same Mufti under whose tenure as CM of Kashmir most of the Kashmiri prisoners were shifted to Indian jails,” he said.
Malik said that in 1986 it was Farooq Abdullah, the then CM of J&K, who passed a law that enabled Indian parliament to formulate any overriding the state assembly.
“It was he who in 2001 implemented black law POTA in Kashmir and is now crying on 370,” he said.
“Earlier we had only one Maharaja now we have two maharajas here, one is from Sheikh family and other from Muftis who get six year innings each to remain in power from New Delhi,” Malik said.
“Even during the Dogra regime, the construction on the paddy fields and wet lands was banned but these families sold everything and gave everything to Delhi in lieu of power.”
Lambasting at the Mufti Sayeed, Yasin said that it was he (Mufti) who as home minister of India introduced draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Disturbed Areas Act (DAA), and other black laws and ordered Indian army, CRPF, BSF and other forces to occupy lakh of kanals of land throughout Kashmir.
. It was mufti sahib who even handed over screening committee that was being headed by DC until then, to Indian agencies.
Malik said that chief minister Omar Abdullah who has launched the crusade against India on 370 has in 2011 gifted J &K Bank to RBI thus eroding the law yet again.
He said the state’s State Subject Law which doesn’t permit outsiders to buy the property in J&K doesn’t exist here only but it is also placed in states of Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Assam.
“This law was enacted by maharajas in the J&K state because of the fragile environment to save the ecological balance of the region. It has nothing to with the dispute or the Kashmir issue,” he said.
He said during the autocratic regime of Dogra rulers the construction in the paddy fields was banned but the constructions are coming up without any check.