Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Friday that his country will not accept the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution in Kashmir as that would violate UN resolutions.
Faisal, while addressing the media in Islamabad, said, “The abrogation of Article 370 of Indian Constitution is violation of UN resolutions. We will not accept it under any circumstances and Kashmiris will also not accept it.”
Senior BJP leaders have repeatedly emphasised their party’s commitment to abrogate Article 370 from J&K. BJP President Amit Shah said the party remains committed to remove the Article but their lack of majority in Rajya Sabha is the reason why it has not been done so far.
Shah’s comments were met with some sharp criticism from political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said when the country got independence, a Constitution was created in which certain provisions were kept by which the state’s identity could be safeguarded.
“It included Article 370 and Article 35A. Unfortunately, some of our leaders made Article 370 hollow for their personal gains,” he said.
His father and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah said that the relationship between New Delhi and the state will be over if Article 370 is repealed.