Asks him to apprise PM Modi about apprehensions on 35-A
Srinagar 28 July: AIP President Er. Rasheed today met Mr. Daneshwar Sharma and apprised him about the serious concerns and apprehensions of Kashmiris over Article 35-A. Er. Rasheed appealed Daneshwar Sharma that being appointed as interlocutor by central government on Kashmir, he is duty bound to meet Mr. Narinder Modi and apprise him about that concerns and apprehensions of people of J&K over the conspiracies being hatched against Article 35-A and other related provisions of Indian constitution granting special status to J&K. Er. Rasheed made it clear to Daneshwar Sharma that Kashmiris are not fighting for restoration or protection of Autonomy but want Kashmir issue to be resolved through plebiscite. However Er. Rasheed said that since New Delhi through its proxies is dragging Article 35-A to Supreme Court as such it becomes a compulsion and duty of every citizen of the state to protect the special status of state. Er. Rasheed said “Article 35-A, Article 370 and other similar provisions are not any favour to Kashmiris but Indian state had its own compulsions to incorporate these temporary provisions for the fact that J&K’s accession to Indian union was temporary. The debate over article 35-A is not a legal issue but the whole controversy has been carefully drafted with political purposes and to avoid any charges over itself central government has used its proxies by dragging 35-A and other similar provisions to supreme court. Let New Delhi resolve Kashmir issue once for all and all these articles can be discussed later on, if the situation then demands so”. Er. Rasheed appealed Daneshwar Sharma to ask New Delhi to understand the significance of resolving Kashmir issue and should not indulge in diverting attention from the real issues. Er. Rasheed also expressed his deep concern over the deteriorating condition of detunes lodged in different jails and sought release of all political prisoners lodged in various jails, so that a concrete dialogue for resolution of Kashmir dispute is started without further delay.