New Delhi: Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal claimed that the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution in Kashmir would be a violation of UN resolutions and Islamabad wont accept it at any cost. Addressing the media in Islamabad on Friday, Faisal said,”The abrogation of Article 370 of Indian constitution is violation of UN resolutions. We will not accept it under any circumstances and the Kashmiris will also not accept it.”
Senior BJP leaders including party chief Amit Shah have repeatedly emphasised the party’s commitment to abrogate Article 370 from the state. BJP President Amit Shah said it remains committal to remove the Article from the state but their lack of majority in Rajya Sabha is the reason why it has not been done so far. Shah’s comments were met with some sharp criticism from political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said when the country got independence, a Constitution was created in which certain provisions were kept by which the state’s identity could be safeguarded.
“It included Article 370 and Article 35A. Unfortunately, some of our leaders made Article 370 hollow for their personal gains,” he said. His father and National Conference President Farooq Abdullah had said that the relationship between New Delhi and the state will be over if Article 370 is repealed.
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti had said,”Amusing. Amit Shah daydreams about scrapping Article 370 and PM hopes that Pak implodes. The nation wants to move on and focus on issues like unemployment, inflation, etc but BJP cant drop its obsession with Pak. This election forgets real issues, divisive politics will rule the roost.”
Article 370 grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws concerning the state. Mufti was reacting to the reported remarks of Shah underscoring the BJP’s commitment to abrogate Articles 370 and 35-A.