While welcoming the landmark judgment the High Court on Article 370, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and Awami Muthida Mahaz (AMM) leader Hakim Mohammad Yasin has said that the challenge for Jammu and Kashmir government is to further strengthen the article. “It is a welcome decision. There was a demand within and outside the Assembly that the Article 370 should be safeguarded and the High Court’s historic decision is a welcome step. But now it a challenge for the J&K government and especially Chief Mufti sahib how to further strengthen it (Article 370) and restore those previsions of this Article which have been eroded over the years,” Hakim Yasin said in a statement to KNS. He said the limited sovereignty or special status stands guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution. The PDF chief also urged the state government to take tough action against those elements who try to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state by trying to divide the state in the name of region and religion. “Whosoever tries to divide the state in the name of region or religion should be dealt with strong force and government should identify such elements and book them,” the MLA Khansahib demanded. “Those who are trying to disrupt the movement of traffic on national highway should be identified and booked. It is the duty of the government to ensure that that highway remains open as fruit season is at its peak,” he added.
2015 Kashmir Despatch