Need no lessons from NSA: PDP

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/6/2018 1:26:08 PM

SRINAGAR, Sep 5: PDP has taken a strong exception to remarks of National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval who on Tuesday said having a separate constitution for Jammu and Kashmir was probably an "aberration” and that sovereignty can never be compromised.
Party’s chief spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said anyone who believes and endorses the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India should also have faith in the clause 8 of the instrument of accession which provides for internal sovereignty of the state.
He said such inflections and unwarranted remarks of the National Security Advisor when Kashmir Valley is reeling under trouble and witnessing a political turmoil, shows the insensitivity of the national security advisor towards the people of Kashmir. He said the state’s internal sovereignty is a matter of right and has a historical significance, although this sovereignty had been reduced to a hollow shell over these years, “but still continues to be a matter of our identity, symbolic of our collective struggle against autocratic rule”.
“It is unfortunate that when a Muslim dominated state rejected the two nation theory and went to accede with a Hindu majority nation with trust, we are being harassed, pushed to the wall by these assaults on our state’s special status,” Mir said. He added that this selective discrimination and assaults on state’s special status will only alienate the people further as the government of India at the time of accession gave an undertaking that the people of Kashmir could frame their own constitution.
“Today it is not only about protecting Article 370, 35A or state’s constitution but the continued culture of assaults on our identity is worrying. I would like the NSA to know that the Instrument of Accession is a valid legal document and nobody should forget the essence of clause 8 of the instrument of accession, which shows in its opening sentence that the instrument did not in any way effect the ‘sovereignty in and over’ the acceding state,” PDP leader said.
He stated that Supreme Court has also settled this issue previously in the cases of Prem Nath Kaul vs. state of J&K and Rehman Shagoo vs State of J&K, where the court upheld the state’s sovereignty. The constitution of Jammu and Kashmir came in to being in pursuance to accession to further define the existing relationship of the state with the union and also to secure strong foundations of democracy, and today the same is being challenged, it is shameful, he said.
Stating that PDP will support every movement aimed at safeguarding state’s special status Mir said, “We stand with all sections of the civil society who have braved to fight for state’s identity with their courage and conviction, we will support them in every endeavour leading to a united opposition against these assaults”.
Rafi Mir said PDP has challenged the petition seeking abrogation of article 35A and “we will also challenge the petition questioning the constitutional validity of the constitution of J&K, after a discussion with party leaders”.



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