SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday said August 5 is the darkest patch in the history of J&K marking the forcible, illegal and unconstitutional infringement of the rights of its people saying the party will fight the battle for the restoration of people’s rights peacefully and legally.
Terming the actions undertaken on the 5th of August 2019 as an undemocratic onslaught on the rights and honor of the people of J&K, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the measures betrays breach of faith and outrageous back-peddling on the solemn commitments the people of Jammu and Kashmir had got from the union of India at the time of Accession.
“The commitments had come from the country, profusely guaranteed by its constitution. While the people of J&K have stood by their word, the union of India chose to backtrack from its solemn commitments made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir unilaterally and undemocratically. The decisions that were taken on the 5th of august were taken on false excuses all of which stand debunked today. One year later the situation is as it is, it has rather become more fragile and unstable. The dividends that the nullification of the Art 370, 35-A were claimed to give are not perceptible on the ground. It was also sold to the rest of the country that the decisions of the BJP government have fared well with the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. If the people are that pleased at the drastic changes undertaken last year then why do we have a curfew imposed in Kashmir today. The situation is no different in Chenab, Pirpanjal and Kargil areas. People of Jammu are equally upset and worried about their future. There is not a single soul in J&K which is not feeling humiliated, and ditched,” he said.
He said the measures have destroyed the space for mainstream in J&K and ditched their cause, which they have nurtured with their blood over the years. “One of the pretexts fudged by the GoI was to get J&K at par with other states purportedly to let them avail all other rights. Let alone bringing it at par with other states, there has been no cessation on the infringement of people’s rights since August last year. The internet hasn’t been fully restored, scores of political activists and leaders continue to remain incarcerated, the environment is filled with fear and anxiety as it was on August 5th last year.”
The party has chosen to fight the infringement on our rights constitutionally, and legally. “The people of J&K have although been at a receiving end, we don’t want to put them through added trepidation. Our struggle has always been peaceful, we will continue with that proclivity of ours until our rights are restored,” he said and added that the party will mark August 05 as the day of mourning.