New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH), a religious organisation representing Muslim clerics, on Thursday supported India’s move to remove Article 370 and said Kashmir is an integral part of India and all Kashmiris are their compatriots.
“Kashmir is an integral part of India and all Kashmiris are our compatriots. Any separatist movement is harmful not only for the country but for people of Kashmir as well,” a resolution adopted during the general council meeting of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said.
The resolution of the JUH slammed Pakistan and other ‘inimical forces’ for trying to destroy the social fabric of Kashmir.
“We feel it’s our national duty to protect the democratic and human rights of Kashmiri people. Nevertheless, it’s our firm belief that their welfare lies in getting integrated with India. The inimical forces and neighbouring country are bent upon destroying Kashmir,” the resolution read.
The statement from this religious organisation comes at a time when the United Nations chief refused to intervene in the Kashmir issue and urged India and Pakistan to hold a dialogue and resolve it.
In response, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday rejected the idea of holding bilateral talks with India and said that a third party reconciliation was ‘the only option’.
“Bilateral talks between India and Pakistan not possible. Third-party reconciliation is the only option between the two countries,” Qureshi asserted.
Pakistan in the past month has many times sought the UN’s intervention in the issue but has failed to convince the world body.
Kashmir is making international headlines ever since the Central government has scrapped Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gives special status to the valley state.