Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday asked the activists of Hurriyat Conference (M) to gear up for a state-wide agitation ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Article 35A on August 6. The Mirwaiz said that no court or parliament, be it Indian or Pakistani, has the jurisdiction to change the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Neither Indian nor Pakistan courts or parliaments have the authority to fiddle with the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir,” Mirwaiz told Kashmir Reader after chairing the executive body meeting of Hurriyat Conference (M), an amalgam of various resistance groups.
“We want to make it clear that it is the statement of every resident of Jammu and Kashmir that if Article 35A is tinkered with, or any attempts are made to scrap it, the resistance leadership will launch a massive agitation and will ask the people to hit the streets,” Mirwaiz, who is Kashmir’s chief priest, said.
He said that the Hurriyat Conference (M) wants to make it clear that challenging the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir using courts will not be acceptable to the people of this state.
“No court has jurisdiction to take decisions that can in any way affect the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir, as we are yet to determine our destiny,” he said.
He said that if the Supreme Court of India comes up with any judgement that will hurt the political nature of the Kashmir dispute, the resistance leadership and the people will immediately launch an agitation. “Yesterday you saw traders, civil society members, lawyers, employees and transporters saying that Kashmiris are ready to defend Article 35A with their blood,” he said of the presser held by trade bodies in Srinagar on Monday.
“Kashmir will remain an internationally recognized dispute till it is resolved as per the aspirations of its people. All such ploys will be greatly resisted both by the leadership and people of J&K and there is no way that tinkering with 35A will be taken lying low or tolerated,” Mirwaiz told Kashmir Reader.
Appealing to India and Pakistan to end hostilities and let peace prevail, Mirwaiz said that both the nations should come together and resolve the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K. “I welcomed the recent statement of Prime Minister elect of Pakistan, Mr Imran Khan, wherein he called for a dialogue on Kashmir,” he said.
He urged the government of India to positively respond to Imran’s initiative and start a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.