SRINAGAR: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeI) has appealed people in general and pro-freedom leaders in particular to come forward and initiate a well organised programme to “safeguard” the state of Jammu and Kashmir from “malafide intent elements”. It urged people to unite against the “vicious move of abrogating” the Article 35 (A).
“Any move of tinkering with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir is aimed at changing the Muslim majority character of the state into minority and thus paving way to non state subjects in the state which will be resisted tooth and nail,” Jama’at said in a statement.
“People of the state had been guaranteed by India that through a free and fair plebiscite, they will be given a chance to decide their political destination but government of India subsequently backtracked from its commitment and people at helm in the state from time to time paved way for India to scrap that position.”
Jama’at said “the ruling class has been given no mandate (by the) people of state to fiddle with Article 35A and successive regimes in the state made cracks to the special status of the state by cheating common people and had been never tried to take people on board”.
Lashing out at pro-India parties for “beating chests”, Jama’at said these parties are solely responsible for this “mess”. “Successive governments of the state repeatedly perforated the wall of special status and now current coalition partners are pushing last nail in this wretched and pierced wall,” it said.
“People should remain vigilant at this juncture and not support the elements who for their personal and party benefits are swindling with the special status of the state,” it said.
“Pro-people leaders, organisations and institutions are appealed to come forward and play effective role and initiate a well planned awareness program so that common masses will not be deceived,” Jama’at said.