Stop fiddling with J&K’s special status: Madni

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 19: The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) today castigated UP politician Amar Singh for his statement on Article 370 and Muslims, terming it as provocative, biased and an attempt to vitiate the atmosphere of peace and amity in the J&K State.
PDP senior vice-president Sartaj Madni in his reaction to Singh’s statement said that Jammu and Kashmir is availing the special status as per Constitution and its Muslim majority character is a recognized historical reality. He said the State also has a separate Constitution which symbolizes its unique position in the Indian Union.
Madni said PDP is duty bound and committed to safeguard this special status of J&K from any assault and that it has been striving since its inception to protect State’s unique identity and status as its moral duty.

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He said any utterances against the defined position of the State and its complexion are not only unfortunate but seditious in character and brazen attempt to undermine the trust people have reposed in the system. He said it has been abundantly made clear at several occasions to powers that people of the State will  thwart any move which is aimed at undoing the State’s constitutional position.  Any assault on the demography will simply be viewed as outrageous and therefore intolerable, he adedd.
“Whatever is guaranteed by the Constitution of the country has to be preserved and protected. It is the unity in diversity which will lead one and all towards the better and prosperous times in which new horizons could be scanned with eager hope and earnest efforts,” Madni said.
He said Muslims of the State and elsewhere in the country have immensely contributed to nation-building on principles of equity. History is replete with details on how the Muslims have shaped Indian civilization through their acknowledged contribution to its ethos, architecture and economy.
Madni suggested that instead of making provocative statements, those who try to resurrect their dying political careers through unpleasant rhetoric and divisive agenda should work towards harmony in the society. He said no lessons need to be given that Art 370 is a bridge between Union of India and Jammu and Kashmir. Do away with it, the State has a right to fall apart, he added.