Delhi out to rob what re­mains of Ar­ti­cle 370: Dr Fa­rooq Me­hbooba should learn from his­tory

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—Na­tional Con­fer­ence Pres­i­dent Dr. Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah has said there were clear in­di­ca­tions that a long-ex­ist­ing lobby in New Delhi was re-in­vent­ing its mis­sion to erode what re­mains of the State’s in­ter­nal au­ton­omy.

Ad­dress­ing a day-long lawyers’ con­clave or­ga­nized by the party’s le­gal cell at NC Head­quar­ters here, Dr. Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah said Me­hbooba Mufti and her col­leagues should draw lessons from his­tory and fear the reprisals of po­lit­i­cal con­nivance with forces in­im­i­cal to the in­ter­ests of the State.

“I have per­son­ally wit­nessed how a longex­ist­ing lobby in New Delhi has used pli­ant lead­ers and regimes in the State to erode Ar­ti­cle 370 and rob the State of its con­sti­tu­tion­ally guar­an­teed In­ter­nal Au­ton­omy – one step at a time. This is a chron­i­cle of be­tray­als and breach of faith that started with the de­po­si­tion and in­car­cer­a­tion of Sher-eKash­mir Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Ab­dul­lah and con­tin­ues to this day. At ev­ery junc­ture in our his­tory, this lobby in New Delhi has used pli­ant lead­ers and co-opt­ing regimes in the State to in­flict ir­rev­o­ca­ble dam­age on Ar­ti­cle 370.

To­day we see the ef­forts of this lobby man­i­fest in the form of the ex­ten­sion of NFSA and NEET to the State while the PDP-BJP Gov­ern­ment is ped­dling an ‘In­dus­trial Pol­icy’ which is glar­ingly con­spic­u­ous in its am­bi­gu­ity on the ques­tion of non­State-sub­ject in­vestors and pro­mot­ers. What others did between 1953 and 1975, PDP is fol­low­ing suit and re-en­act­ing the same mas­ter-ser­vant op­por­tunis­tic re­la­tion­ship that has wreaked havoc with our State”, the for­mer J&K CM said.

Dr. Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah rec­ol­lected var­i­ous in­trigues un­leashed on the State at var­i­ous junc­tures in his­tory through var­i­ous lo­cal pli­ant politi­cians and said those who had con­nived against the State and its peo­ple had wit­nessed re­jec­tion, re­sent­ment and hu­mil­i­a­tion in­stead of a po­lit­i­cal legacy long af­ter they had left this world.

“Me­hbooba Mufti should draw lessons from his­tory and see how the peo­ple have first dis­owned and then com­pletely for­got­ten those pli­ant lead­ers who con­nived against the State’s po­lit­i­cal rights to re­main in power. This tragic si­lence by those in power on re­cur­ring ef­forts to dis­credit and dis­arm the State’s in­sti­tu­tions by openly tres­pass­ing even into cat­e­gories that clearly fall in the State List can spell doom for the State. This is not just about NFSA, NEET or the In­dus­trial Pol­icy. There is a larger, more sin­is­ter plan to de­stroy Ar­ti­cle 370 by ren­der­ing it ir­rel­e­vant and the le­gal fra­ter­nity is duty-bound to re­main vig­i­lant and fight against this sub­ver­sion of our po­lit­i­cal rights and hon­our,” the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Pres­i­dent added.—GK

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