‘Any attempts to change special status of JK will have serious ramifications’
Srinagar, Aug 09: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has appealed all the political parties of the state to join hands and defeat the elements who want to change the special status of Jammu & Kashmir by raking up issues like Article 370 and Article 35-A.
In a statement to KNS, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that the APSCC is very much concerned about the situation emanating following the reports of alleged tinkering with Article 35-A. Raina said that the debate on Article 35-A has created a huge row in the state.
He said that it is the duty of political leaders of Jammu & Kashmir to raise a single voice so that no such step is taken that further threatens the peace and tranquility of the state. He welcomed the meeting between chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah adding that many more steps need to be taken in this regard.
“We all should be united on this issue since it deals with the special status enjoyed by the people of Jammu & Kashmir. The leaders of different political parties should give up ego this time and work for protecting the special status of the state. If we fail at this point of time then the future generations would never forgive us,” said APSCC Chairman.
Raina said that any attempt made to change the special status of Jammu & Kashmir would lead to serious ramifications especially in Kashmir valley. He said the move would hamper the daily life of the valley. He said that since the State is already up against many odds issues like abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35-A would add fuel to the fire.
“Many attempts are made by various sections within and outside state to create confusion over serious issues like Article 370. BJP’s stand is clear on the abrogation of Article 370 and the party has been advocating the same since many decades now. Now when the party is in absolute majority in Lok Sabha and beginning to show its strength in Rajya Sabha, it wants to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35-A. All this would be done at the cost of law & order situation in Kashmir,” said APSCC Chairman.
Raina said that Sikhs in Jammu & Kashmir have suffered right from 1947 and the community members have been further uprooted economically and politically for the last 28 years. He said that both the central as well as state governments have never bothered to redress the issues faced by the Sikhs in the state. He said that it is the minorities that face the unrealized brunt of such troublesome situations, but despite this Sikhs are concerned and stand by Kashmiriyat.
The APSCC Chairman said that arrest of Hurriyat leaders like Shabir Ahmad Shah, Naeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam and others along with the sons of Syed Ali Shah Geelani without letting the public know about the charges, will further add venom to these political differences. (KNS)