SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed has said that Supreme Court’s remarks on Article 370 do not mean much to people of J&K as the huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris from time to time since 1947 are only for the right to self-determination.
In a statement, Rasheed said that remarks on Article 370 or protecting Article 35-A is New Delhi’s compulsion to defend its “weak and unrealistic stand” on Jammu & Kashmir at international forums. He said people of J&K will have no objection to the merger of state with Indian union if they chose the same through a plebiscite by implementing UN resolutions.
“If once the issue is resolved forever and people choose to be part of India, Article 370 and Article 35-A will get automatically abrogated and in that case Kashmir will to be India’s integral part like any other Indian state,” he said.
“In a place where one lakh people have lost their lives and security forces have been given authority to kill, the debate over Article 370 being temporary or permanent becomes irrelevant. Neither Indian Parliament nor J&K Assembly can ever supersede UN resolutions and any attempt to dilute the nature of the dispute will mean violation of UN charter,” Rasheed said.