Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said that the disputed nature of Kashmir was being weakened “through the judiciary” with the legal challenge to Article 35A.
Addressing a convention of the Awami Action Committee (AAC) at Mirwaiz Manzil here, Mirwaiz, who was released from house detention early in the day, said, “It is time for Kashmiris to stand against the attempts being made to abolish the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Apparently referring to the Government of India, he said, “They want to abolish the disputed nature of Kashmir through the judiciary.”
“We have made it clear that if any attempt is made to fiddle with Article 35A, an agitation will start from that very moment,” Mirwaiz said.
The Supreme Court (SC) of India will hear a petition on August 29 that seeks the scrapping of Article 35A from the Constitution of India. The Article gives powers to J&K legislature to determine who is a permanent resident of the state.
Mirwaiz said that he was surprised that the J&K legislature had been made a “puppet” that “is being run according to their (pro-India parties’) wishes.”
Asking people to be aware of these “designs”, he said, “It (Article 35A) is the issue of our existence… of our future and identity.”
“Kashmiri national ethos will finish if we do not stand up this time,” he said.
Appealing to the United Nations (UN) to intervene, the Kashmir Valley’s chief cleric said that the UN is yet to implement the resolutions it adopted on Kashmir. “Kashmir’s disputed nature can neither be changed by India nor Pakistan,” he said. “It is the right of people of this land to decide about our system.”
Condemning the killing of a civilian by the army in Handwara, he said, “It is the height of oppression in Kashmir that a 22-year-old student was killed in a fake encounter.”