Abrogation of Article 35-A will affect the case of Right to Self-Determination: Resistance leaders


Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said that the abrogation of Article 35-A will “severely affect and dilute the case of Right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir.”

The resistance leaders comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik were reacting to the statement of Omar Abdullah in which he had said that Hurriyat had no business in the matter of article 35A.

The leaders said that Omar Abdullah should understand that abrogation of article 35A by the Indian state in order to “change the demography of disputed J&K where the UN is yet to hold the promised plebiscite”, is a matter of serious concern for all Kashmiris.

“As the outcome of abrogation of 35A will severely affect and dilute the case of Right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir, for which people of Kashmir have been struggling and sacrificing for the past 70 years,” said the JRL.

Since its existence, they said, National Conference has been constantly changing its goal post from autonomy to pre-1953 to self determination and so on, as suits its [NC’s] only aim that is how to get to the chair. And for that purpose it [NC] can go to any extent. It has excelled [in] the art of changing colors like a chameleon, as its history of past 70 years bears testimony.”

“It was in 1938 which changed the course of Kashmir history when late sheikh Mohammad Abdullah converted the Muslim Conference into National Conference. The conversion was an act of treason with blood of martyrs of 13th July 1931,” they said.

“Its purpose was to forge an alliance with the Indian National Congress in order to attain power. It was a decision the repercussions of which people of Kashmir are facing for the past 85 years, especially our generation next who are being mercilessly and systematically wiped out.”

JRL claimed that Sheikh Abdullah, despite being a peoples representative, coerced the Maharaja to hand over Kashmir to India.

“He himself mentioned in his biography Aatash e Chinar that Gandhiji was not ready to send Indian army to Kashmir but he [Sheikh Sb] convinced him to do so in order to safeguard the “secularism of India”.”

When Pandit Nehru promised before the world community that a plebiscite will be held in J&K to decide its future and the world community pressurized India and Pakistan to do so through various resolutions on it, it was Abdullah who in 1948 at UN Security Council opposed this demand, said the JRL.

“When the UN nominated Sir Owen Dixon as a representative to assess the holding of RSD, it was late Sheikh Abdullah who on 27th Oct 1950 decided to establish a constitutional assembly to legitimize Kashmiris accession to India,” said the leadership.

JRL reminded Omar Abdullah that the Indira Abdullah accord of 1975 was another blow  to the people’s resistance movement when late Sheikh Abdullah again let the nation down after decimating the Plebiscite Front and the efforts and sacrifices of those who stood by him when he was leading them in that direction.

JRL said instead of sermonizing Omar Abdullah and NC should fulfill their moral duty and responsibility to the people of Kashmir as pro India parties and get people of Kashmir out of the situation in which they are in because of them.


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