APHC holds demonstration in Islamabad over Article 35-A issue

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ISLAMABAD: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) of Azad and Jammu Kashmir (AJK) chapter on Friday vowed that Kashmiris would not allow the Indian government to make amendment in constitution, terming it a conspiracy to bring the demographic changes in Jammu & Kashmir through abolishing Article 35-A.

The members of APHC made that resolve in a protest demonstration of “Say no to Indian nefarious designs against special status of Jammu & Kashmir state”, held here in front of National Press Club. They warned India that they would resist such conspiracy of India at every forum.

Speaking on the occasion, senior leader of APHC AJK chapter Yusuf Naseem said, he wanted to clarify Indian Supreme Court which was hearing a writ petition in this regard, that a wrong decision would invite a great revolt in J&K.

He clarified that Indian SC does not have a jurisdiction to abolish this clause as an amendment in Indian constitution seeks two third majority in Indian parliament. India had used money, political and international agents just to buy APHC but failed to do so, he claimed.

Another senior APHC leader Farooq Rehmani said India wanted to make IOK another Palestine for which it had given property rights to Hindus in thousands including retired military personnel, homeless Indians and refugees by following the footsteps of Israel. He said, India was trying hard to remove every legal technicality coming in the way of this conspiracy and expressed the resolve to give tough time to them at every forum. “We will continue our struggle until Kashmiris get freedom,” he added.

Meanwhile, Information Secretary of AHPC AJK Chapter, Hameed Lone pinned hope in new government of Pakistan and said it would support us under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said they would soon meet with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi and request him to raise voice against abolishing of Article 35-A at United Nations that will enable non-residents of Kashmir to buy property and do business. “We are in constant contact with our representatives in America and Europe who are also representing our case very well across the world,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention that recently Prime Minister Imran Khan made a commitment in Parliament of Pakistan that his government would contest the Kashmiris right to self-determination case in United Nations.