New Delhi: Sounding a word of caution against the demand for revoking of Article 35 A, PDP leader and former J-K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said, “Don’t play with fire; don’t fiddle with Article 35 A, else you will see what you haven’t seen since 1947.” Also Read - Govt Extends Detention of Mehbooba Mufti, 2 Other J-K Leaders Under Public Safety Act by 3 Months
Speaking to ANI, she added, “If it’s (Article 35 A) is attacked then I don’t know which flag the people of J-K will be forced to pick up instead of the tricolour.”
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The voices seeking that the contention article be revoked have grown louder since the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. On Monday, the Supreme Court listed for hearing from February 26 to 28 the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A. It is the first time that hearing will be held on the provision when the state is under the Governor’s rule. Also Read - Mehbooba Mufti Shifted to Official Residence, But Detention to Continue
Article 35 A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of J-K and denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state.
The provision, which leads such women from the state to forfeit their right over property, also applies to their heirs.
Mehbooba has insisted all this while that she would make every sacrifice to preserve Article 35 A.
“During my government, I made every effort from engaging top-notch lawyers to raising political awareness in the country and the state about the need for protection of Article 35 A… In future also whatever will be required, my party and I will do (it) for protecting the special status of the state,” she had said.
The PDP president said resolving the problems in Jammu and Kashmir and working towards peace in South Asia by ensuring India-Pakistan friendship were the founding principles of her party.