Srinagar: In his Friday address at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid today, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that neither the Government of India nor the Supreme Court of India had powers to alter the disputed nature of the territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
“We want to make it clear that no court has the powers to dilute the disputed status of a territory where UN resolutions stand in waiting to be implemented,” he said.
Kashmir’s chief priest said that UN resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir clearly state that the people of J&K have to decide their future by exercising the UN-guaranteed Right to Self Determination.
“Kashmir is a disputed territory. The bloody line has been drawn and the people of Kashmir are divided. The resolution to the dispute lies in the implementation of UN resolutions,” he said.
The Mirwaiz said that tinkering with Article 35A of the Indian Constitution, which gives special rights and privileges to the J&K government and its subjects, amounts to violation of the UN resolutions on the J&K dispute.
Reacting to former chief minister Omar Abdullah’s remarks that the separatists were defending an article of the Indian Constitution, the Mirwaiz said that rights under Article 35A were not given to Jammu & Kashmir by the Parliament of India, its Constitution, or its courts.
“I want to tell them that they should not carry along this misconception. The law stands there since 1927,” he said.
The Mirwaiz said that the United Nations had made it clear that the accession of J&K state to the Indian Union deceived the people of J&K and was temporary till the people were given the right to exercise their will in accordance with UN resolutions.
“It is not I who am saying this. It was promised by the first prime minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, in the Indian Parliament. Therefore, neither the Parliament of India nor any court can change that status of J&K,” he said.
He said the Government of India wants to tinker with Article 35A so to change the demography of the state and turn it into another Palestine. “When the state subject laws are changed, non-locals will be called and settled (here). It will be like Palestine where Israel is busy making illegal settlements. That is what India wants,” he said.
“The idea, basically, is that after tinkering with the law, and making illegal settlements, 20 years down the line India will ask UN to implement its resolutions. By then, the non-local population would have grown to the extent that the results may favour India,” he said.
Hailing the people’s response to the shutdown call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on August 5 and 6, the Mirwaiz said that residents of Jammu & Kashmir gave a befitting response to those who are intent on trampling the rights of Kashmiris.
“The Hurriyat Conference and the Joint Resistance Leadership is in regular contact with all the stakeholders and consultations are going on with all the sections of society. Insha Allah, everybody will be taken on board and the leadership will come out with a strong protest programme,” he said.
The Mirwaiz said that since 1947, New Delhi and its “puppets” had made several attempts to change the demography of Jammu & Kashmir. “The attempts include the so-called accession that was orchestrated by the local stooges of New Delhi,” he said.
He said that the “stooges” of New Delhi could not hold India to its promises, nor could they secure the rights of the people of J&K. “Instead, they surrendered whatever was left with us, all for the dirty chair. They became architects of Indian conspiracies,” he said.
“It is a powerless chair because the power lies with Delhi. The locals are mere puppets,” he said.
He said that the people of Kashmir were suffering for the greed and “lust for power” of the local collaborators. “Therefore we are compelled to hit the streets,” he said.
“We have made massive sacrifices. We will safeguard them at all costs,” he said and appealed to people to follow the JRL’s protest programme.