JKANC pays tributes to Sheikh

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SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Awami National Conference (JKANC) president Begum Khalida Shah on Tuesday paid tributes to her father Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah on his 113th birth anniversary.

In a statement issued here, Khalida Shah said her father made history by “taking the oppressed Kashmiri nation out of slavery”.

She said, “Sher-e-Kashmir emerged as a ray of hope for the people of all three regions of the state – Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, and invoked in them a sense of confidence and self-esteem.”

JKANC senior vice president, Muzaffar Shah said that history is witness to the fact that when the Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession with India, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah signed the documents on the condition that this agreement would achieve the permanent status only after the people of Jammu and Kashmir acknowledge it.

“For this condition of Sher-e-Kashmir, the then prime minister Mehar Chand Mahajan and the then State Affairs Secretary of India V P Menon are witness,” Muzaffar Shah said, adding that his grandfather “was not holding any position in the government”.

He said that Article 370, Article 35-A and several similar acts were incorporated in the Constitution of India by the makers after a “thorough deliberation”, adding that today’s rulers must first go through history before making any attempt “to erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir”.