National Conference senior leader Dr Shiekh Mustafa Kamal Monday said that time has come for Jammu and Kashmir to have its own Prime Minister and Sadr-i-Riyasat.
“Our freedom has been choked and autonomy is being eroded day by day. People of Kashmir can’t wait any more now. India must restore our Autonomy and describe Line of Control meaningless,” Kamal said adding that India is ruling Kashmir on military might.
Kamal was reacting to the remarks made by Congress leader Taj Mohi-u-Din on Autonomy wherein he had said that autonomy already exists in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Taj Mohi-u-Din is a minister only and he is not a seasoned politician. He is following the footprints of his party member Makhan Lal Fotedar. Taj should know that it was his Congress party which eroded the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Kamal said that National Conference wants quantum of autonomy. “People are well aware of this fact that New Delhi eroded our freedom and autonomy from time to time. Article 370 clearly mentions that Jammu and Kashmir is entitled to have its own Prime Minister and Sadr-i-Riyasat. If there is Autonomy in the state then why don’t we have our own Prime Minister,” he said.
Coming down heavily on Congress party, Kamal said that this party has a bleak history and it always played with the sentiments of people. “Congress leaders of Kashmir are dancing on the tunes of New Delhi and these leaders can go to any extent in getting their interests fulfilled. The fact is that Congress was and neither will be sincere towards the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Kamal said that late Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah had secured the future of Kashmiri people by incorporating Article 370 in the Indian Constitution, but “New Delhi turned Kashmir Valley into garrison and made our paradise a hell where every person is feeling insecure,” he said adding that so far sixty thousand people have rendered their lives for the freedom and autonomy of Kashmir. (CNS)