Mehbooba is right; today or tomorrow, Art 370 has to be restored: Soz


PDP’s Jammu office attacked by hooligans

KD Desk

Srinagar, Oct 24 : Senior Congress leader and former union minister, Saifuddin Soz Saturday said that Mehbooba Mufti has “reflected the feelings of an average Kashmiri by saying that she will not hold tricolor till the State’s flag is restored with the status of the State.”

In a statement to Kashmir Despatch, Soz said the question is as to “what does the Union expect from the beleaguered people of Kashmir who are determined to continue their struggle for restoration of the special status.”

“That the Modi Government has internationalized Kashmir issue once again is an obvious fact. It is not for nothing that the world-famous intellectuals like Noam Chomsky of America and Johan Galtung of Spain have raised their voice against the treatment meted out to Kashmir by the Modi government. Both these high-ranking intellectuals have said that Kashmir has been rendered into a prison with the entire population there as prisoners,” Soz said.
He added that it cannot be business as usual in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.

“Today or tomorrow, the abrogated Article 370 or its exact equivalent shall have to be restored. Otherwise, the constitutional relationship between the State and the Union would continue to remain a flawed situation,” he said.
Interestingly, the party he belongs to has strongly contested Mehbooba’s flag statement.
J&K Pradesh Congress Committee condemned Mehbooba’s statement saying it is unacceptable and has hurt sentiments of people.

“Such statements are intolerable and unacceptable in any society,” JKPCC chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said.
Sharma said the tri-colour is the symbol of honour for the country and reminds of the sacrifices of crores of Indians to achieve freedom and to protect the dignity, honour and the territorial integrity of the country. He said such statements will defeat the democratic and constitutional struggle for achieving any just right.

Meanwhile, Hooligans this evening allegedly barged into the Jammu office of the People’s Democratic Party and physically assaulted two of its leaders there.

In a tweet PDP leader Firdous Tak said , Jammu office of @jkpdp attacked just now. Few right wingers barged inside and even physically assaulted me and @ParvezWaffa.

In another tweet senior PDP leader Naeem Akthar said,With you. That’s what happens when poison of hate and intolerance is injected into the society. Stay safe.

The PDP’s official Twitter handle termed the alleged attack one which “shows desperation of those claiming to be champions of ‘democracy’”.
“Such acts will further strengthen our resolve to fight for the larger interests of our people, ” it wrote while urging J&K Police to act against the “hooligans”.


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