Protests against de­ten­tion of Hur­riyet lead­ers

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

friend Rizwan were rid­ing a Scooty when it was hit by a ve­hi­cle.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened late last night re­sult­ing in the on spot death of Dan­ish. Re­ports said that Rizwan was se­ri­ously in­jured in the ac­ci­dent.

Locals held protests ac­cus­ing the au­thor­i­ties of neg­li­gence. They also set the ve­hi­cle on fire. The pro­tester later re­port­edly set ablaze an­other ve­hi­cle. As per re­ports Po­lice have ar­rested the ac­cused driver.—RK SRI­NA­GAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, the Jammu and Kash­mir Sal­va­tion Move­ment, Lawyers’ Club, Kash­mir Free­dom Move­ment and Voice of Vic­tims or­gan­ised a demon­stra­tion at Press En­clave in Sri­na­gar, to­day, against the con­tin­ued il­le­gal de­ten­tion and house ar­rest of Hur­riyet lead­ers in­clud­ing Za­far Ak­bar Butt.

The demon­stra­tion was led by Ab­dul Qadeer Dar, Ad­vo­cate Babar Qadri, Ruqaya Baji, Rauf Khan and Mu­sad­diq Meraj.

Ad­dress­ing the pro­test­ers, they said that the pup­pet Chief Min­is­ter, Me­hbooba Mufti was fur­ther­ing the anti-Kash­mir agenda of RSS and had launched a mas­sive crack­down against Hur­riyet lead­ers and ac­tivists.

They said that In­dia had usurped all the ba­sic free- doms of the peo­ple of occu- pied Kash­mir and was sub- ject­ing them to the worst

A. G. NOORANI NYONE is per­fectly en­ti­tled to de­ceive him self/her­self on Ar­ti­cle 370, but no one has a right to de­ceive the peo­ple as well. Their suf­fer­ings are not di­min­ished by doses of false­hoods. Speak­ing on the New In­dus­trial Pol­icy in the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil on 9 June, Me­hbooba Mufti said “Ar­ti­cle 370 is our strength and hon­our. We en­ter this au­gust House by swear­ing on the State Con­sti­tu­tion and it is em­pow­er­ing for all ir­re­spec­tive of the party group­ing”. (Ar­ti­cle 370 is not in the State Con­sti­tu­tion, but in the In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion).

She knows very well that Ar­ti­cle 370 has been re­duced to an empty shell by the 47 Orders un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally made by the Pres­i­dent of In­dia for 50 years on the ad­vice of the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia; from 1954 to 1994. All of them were run by the Congress Party, of which her fa­ther Mufti Mo­hammed Say­eed was a mem­ber. 260 out of the 395 Ar­ti­cles of In­dia’s Con­sti­tu­tion were ex­tended to Jammu & Kash­mir. So were 94 out of the 97 en­tries in the Union List – leav­ing a bal­ance of 3 for the State to “en­joy”. 26 of the 47 en­tries in the Con­cur­rent List were also ex­tended to the State. 7 of the 12 Sched­ules were ap­plied.

This is not “ero­sion” of Art. 370. “Ero­sion” is a nat­u­ral process by ef­flux of time. This was a cal­cu­lated, sys­tem­atic hol­low­ing out of Art. 370. Far from giv­ing Kash­mir a pre­ferred sta­tus over the other States, it has been put in a po­si­tion in­fe­rior to them. One il­lus­tra­tion alone will suf­fice to prove this. Both Houses of Par­lia­ment had to amend the Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia, by an elab­o­rate process un­der Art. 368, as many as four times to ex­tend Pres­i­dent’s Rule in Pun­jab im­posed on 11 May1987. They were the 59th, 64th, 67th and 68th Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ments. For the State of Jammu & Kash­mir, mere ex­ec­u­tive Orders un­der Art. 370 suf­ficed; from 18 July 1990 to 1996. They were dated 24 Fe­bru­ary 1993 and 19 Fe­bru­ary 1994. Each was made “with the con­cur­rence of the Gov­ern­ment of the State of Jammu & Kash­mir”. There

Akind of bru­tal­i­ties. They termed the ar­rest of Za­far Ak­bar Butt as po­lit­i­cal vengeance. They de­manded im­me­di­ate re­lease of all il­le­gally de­tained Kash­miris in­clud­ing Hur­riyet lead­ers and ac­tivists.—KMS

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