Scrapping Article 370 is disintegration of Kashmir status; says Sardar Shaukat

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GENEVA: Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri exiled Chairman of United Kashmir People`s National Party (UKPNP) has condemned scrapping of article 370 which granted special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that such actions will create more unrest, chaos and uncertainty not only for people of State of Jammu & Kashmir but entire South Asian region. Unilaterally imposed decisions and further division of historical State of Jammu and Kashmir is a clear violation of UN resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir and document of accession.

Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri stressed that entire state of Jammu & Kashmir including Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh , Gilgit Baltistan and so called Azad Kashmir is one entity and disputed territory .  India and Pakistan has no right to partially or unilaterally deal with any part of Former Princely State of Jammu & Kashmir. India entered in State of Jammu & Kashmir through a treaty which clearly says   that it will the prime responsibility of  India to protect life, liberty and property of people of state of Jammu & Kashmir. We had expectation that as a democratic and responsible country India will fulfill its agreement with people of Jammu & Kashmir .But India has failed to protect life, liberty and property of people of Jammu & Kashmir.  Scrapping of 370 article and    attempts of disintegration   of historical state of Jammu & Kashmir is illegal and unacceptable.

Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri further said that Government of Pakistan abolished State Subject Rule in Gilgit-Baltistan in 1974, which resulted in demographic changes in the Gilgit Baltistan now India is going to do same in Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. It shows that both countries had   same intentions to capture our land and to change the demography of disputed territory and turn majority into minority.

“We urge upon United Nations, European Union, United States and International Community to come forward and intervene   and put pressure on India and Pakistan to stop violations of UN resolutions and stop both countries to annexing   and    further division of disputed State of Jammu & Kashmir”, he added.