SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday asserted that the people of Jammu and Kashmir “will not tolerate” any attempt to damage or harm the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. “(They) will oppose tooth and nail any move aimed at changing the demography of the state,” said the Hurriyat Conference in a statement cautioning that any such move will “further worsen the situation and make things from bad to worse”.
Referring to an important file on Article 35 A going missing from North Block, where the Home Ministry is housed in New Delhi, the Hurriyat Conference said, “It hardly makes any difference whether the file goes missing or remains at its place, the fact remains that J&K has a special status by virtue of Article 370, and any change in this status is unacceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“New Delhi seems to be hell-bent upon changing the Muslim-majority character of the state and to snatch the rights of the people, and now the judicial system of India is being exploited to achieve this objective,” the statement added.
The Hurriyat Conference further said that it is a universally-known fact that J&K is a disputed territory, the fate of which is yet to be decided as there are 18 resolutions pending implementation in the United Nations.
In an obvious reference to Delhi, the Hurriyat Conference said that under 35 A, J&K citizens enjoy special State Subject rights and that “those trying to scrap [35 A] should keep in mind that all the efforts aimed at damaging the special status will face a stiff resistance”.
“The people of Kashmir are struggling for a just cause since past 70 years, despite facing hardships and huge sacrifices, and they will not hesitate to give any sacrifice for the protection of their rights,” the statement said.