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No need to beg GoI for retaining JK’s special status: Muzzaffar Shah

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Srinagar: Muzzaffar Shah Senior Vice President Awami National Conference (ANC) has expressed concern over the fresh uncertainty in Kashmir over Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.
Speaking at a press conference in Srinagar on Saturday, Shah has said whatever happening on ground and the steps taken by the government “suggest that New Delhi is hell bent upon eroding the constitution viz a viz Kashmir”.
Reacting to mainstream leaders rushing to Raj Bhawan to meet Governor Satyapal Malik on Friday evening, Shah said, “No one needs to beg for Article 35-A and Article 370 to be retained”.
While on one side Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Governor Satyapal Malik maintained that the Acts, which give special status to the state, will not be touched and the situation in Kashmir was improving, Shah said it was “strange that on the other hand, troops are being brought in with an excuse that Amarnath Yatra is under threat, to give a bad name to Kashmiris”.
“We have read about the intoxication of the government pride of power and pride of the military forces and its dire consequences in history,” he added.
Shah alleged that a “plan is being made to attack and erode the special status of Jammu and Kashmir at the moment”.
“It is not a new thing, people can be persecuted as they wish, but it will be an attack on democracy, secularism and the spirit of humanity”, he said.
While the Governor of the state had repeatedly said that no such step will be taken, “but on the other hand, the issuance of new orders refutes the governor’s statements,” Shah alleged.
Shah warned that in case any “wrong decision is taken against the special position of Jammu and Kashmir, the people of Kashmir will face it as they have given practical evidence against the Mughals, Sikhs and Afghans in past”.

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