State flag is creation of constitution, deserves respect: Akhtar

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A day after the RSS reaffirmed to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples’ Democratic Party Saturday said it has the stated position over state’s Constitution, flag and return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains from Tihar jail.

“RSS’s stand on Article 370 has not changed; we will never compromise on it. We want the situation to improve. If the situation does not improve, then we will decide,” RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale told reporters at a briefing after the three-day brainstorming session of Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the apex decision-making body of RSS.

Senior PDP leader and education minister Naeem Akhtar said that Jammu and Kashmir’s own constitution and flag are the marks of distinction and no one will fiddle with state’s special status.

Akhtar remarked that the flag is a creation of the constitution of the state and it has always been in vogue. “There is a practice to show it the due respect that it deserves and which is guaranteed under law.”

The PDP leader added that no communication or its withdrawal can affect that position each of the state constitution or the state flag. “Our position is clear and people of the state know it well. Displaying of the state flag during official functions is very much in vogue.”

Over the return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru, PDP said whenever the resolution over the same is brought in the assembly; the house would take a final call.

“Let the resolution come. It is the house that will take a final call over the issue of Afzal’s mortal remains. As far as PDP is concerned, we have a stated position over the return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru from Tihar to valley.”

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