Bazaz, Shaheen oppose abrogation of Article 370

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 30: Amid the controversy over Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh’s remark’s on the repeal of Article 370, senior Kashmiri leader Pandit Bhushan Bazaz today called for restraint on the issue.
“The whole question is extremely sensitive and must be handled coolly and in a mature fashion,” he said in a statement.
Bazaz expressed distress over the controversy and said that any “steam-roller approach” of dealing with the issue was inappropriate.
He said the situation had to be looked at in an integral fashion, including the international dimension, the Constitutional position, the legal aspects as well as the political aspects.
He said if J&K is an integral part of India, not necessarily mean it has to be treated on a par with other States. “Hong Kong is an ‘integral part’ of China but has been given a special dispensation. There are in fact numerous examples around the world in which, due to special circumstances, certain areas or regions have been given a special dispensation,” Bazaz added.
Castigating Union Minister of State and newly elected MP from Doda-Udhampur, Lok Sabha Constituency, Dr Jatindra Singh for his statement regarding repealing of Art 370 National Conference leader Meer Sajjad Shaheen has said that if BJP is serious to see Article 370 scrapped from Indian Constitution, the party has to first open the question of State’s accession with India.
He said J&K’s accession with India will end automatically if BJP tampers with Article 370 as claimed by them on the very first day of taking over the reins of power in the country.
“Accession will end automatically if Article 370 is tempered with. Any attempt to fiddle with it will open old wounds which would be difficult to heal,” the NC leader said. He said Article 370 is a bridge between JK and India. “If the bridge falls, we too will fall apart from rest of the country,”
“Let us understand that (debate on) Article 370 can’t be reopened without reopening the entire question of accession of J&K with India,” Shaheen said while speaking addressing a meeting of Party office bearers in Banihal today.

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