Kargil: Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor from Kargil of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan on Tuesday called for the protection of Article 35A and Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
“As we heard about the news of the abrogation of Article 35A, I must say we must protect it,” Kacho said in his Aug 15 address here.
Reiterating the commitment of the Council to safeguard Article 370 and Article 35A, Kacho urged the Government of India to intervene in this regard. He also urged the Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT), a powerful institution in the region, to fight for safeguarding the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
The IKMT, in a statement issued here, supported the efforts to safeguard Article 35A. “We register our anger and protest on the effort of some sections of people to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution of India using legal and other means,” a statement issued by the trust said.
“We appeal (to) all the stakeholders of the state of J&K to rise above partisan politics and get together against tinkering of Article 35A,” the statement added.
The IKMT condemned the Ladakh MP’s statement regarding Article 370 in Parliament and said that Thupstan Chewang did not speak as per the aspirations of the people of Ladakh.
The IKMT statement said that Article 35A was not an obstacle as “it facilitates and strengthens the emotional bond of the people of J&K” with India.
Kacho earlier unfurled the Indian tricolour at the August 15 function held in Khree Sultan Chow Sports Stadium and took salute at a march past by contingents of Jammu and Kashmir Police, NCC, civil and army band parties, besides contingents of government and private educational institutions. Men and women thronged the stadium to witness the event.
Among others present on the occasion were the Executive Councillor for Education Advocate Muhammad Amir, Deputy Commissioner Kargil Haji Gulzar Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil Tsering Gyalpo, councillors, senior civil, police and army officers, and representatives of religious, social and political organisations.