Awami Itehaad party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Tuesday welcomed the concern shown by both mainstream and resistance leadership regarding the conspiracies being hatched by using the Supreme Court (SC) route to abrogate Article 35-A.
MLA Langate also supported the strike call given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Aug 12 over Article 35-A.
He appealed people to observe a complete shutdown from Lakhanpur to Karnah so that New Delhi doesn’t dare to interfere with the special status of the state.
Meanwhile, Er Rasheed according to the statement issued here, appealed all political forces to analyze how New Delhi has been getting indulged in ‘shameless’ ways to ensure total integration of J&K with the state of India.
“Using Supreme Court route to snatch state subject laws is unacceptable and even SC should never have allowed such shameless pleas which would violate the preamble of constitution,” he said
He said that it is ironical that rather taking concrete steps for final resolution of Kashmir issue, New Delhi is moving in a reverse direction, expecting people of the state to succumb to the might of Indian state.
He condemned those who are claiming that Article 35-A had been a temporary provision in the constitution.
“Unfortunately these anti-Kashmiri elements are just narrating half of the story as the real reason behind 35-A being a temporary provision is the fact that J&K is a disputed territory.
“The central state subject laws were not extended to the J&K state as the instrument of accession was itself conditional and subject to outcome of plebiscite, as such no non-state subject could be declared eligible for the citizenship and other important rights in the disputed state,” he said.
Welcoming the stand of various political parties, Rasheed appealed for a joint strategy between all mainstream and pro-resistance forces.
“Since New Delhi has shown great disrespect towards its own promises made with people of JK and has disgraced and discredited both pro-Indian and anti-Indian forces in J&K from time to time, it is proper time for all forces to show New Delhi its right place and that can be only achieved by giving up personal egos and all such agendas which favour New Delhi. If NC and PDP give up their formulas of Autonomy and Self rule and seek straight away right to self determination New Delhi will be in a fix,” he said.
He further said that New Delhi will get slapped and it would have no option but to restore the self respect and rights of people of the state.
Rasheed also expressed his solidarity with the students of Kashmir University for showing state Governor NN Vohra his right place by holding peaceful protest at Kashmir University.
He said that if the students are being constantly and continuously deprived of their various rights including formation of student Unions, nobody representing the state has a right to mislead the masses by visiting the University campus.