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Residency law of JK is beyond the scrutiny of courts: Mirwaiz

Residency law of JK is beyond the scrutiny of courts: Mirwaiz
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Says separatist leadership is deliberating to launch a massive agitation

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday asserted that no court had the jurisdiction to change the residency law of Jammu and Kashmir due to the UN Security Council resolutions.
“No court has the jurisdiction to tamper with the 1927 hereditary state subject laws of J&K because UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir clearly state that the citizens of J&K are to decide their final dispensation as a people, by exercising the right to self-determination, a right which is yet to be exercised by us,” said Mirwaiz, addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here.
Mirwaiz said the commitment to the Right of Self Determination was made to the people of the state by the first Prime Minister of India, both before the people of J&K and the world.
“So how can any court challenge the UN resolutions and the commitments made by the Government of India that took the shape of Constitutional safeguards till the government honours its commitments?” Mirwaiz asked.
He said J&K was a “world-acknowledged dispute” and the people of the state would at no cost allow dilution of the dispute till it was resolved.
“The move of tinkering with the state subject law is aimed at undermining the dispute, by changing the demography of the state, settling outsiders here and making the locals a minority in their own land along the Israeli pattern in Palestine,” he alleged. He said such a move will not be tolerated as was shown by the exceptional protest strike observed by the people of the state on August 5 and 6.
“The leadership is urgently deliberating upon the issue and taking all segments of the society on board to launch a massive protest agitation to counter this onslaught against us,” he added.
He said that the commitment to Right to Self Determination was made to the people of J&K by the PM of India himself both before people of J&K and before the world.
“So how can any court challenge the UN resolutions and the commitments made by GOI that took the shape of constitutional safeguards till GOI honoured its commitments?” Mirwaiz asked.
Mirwaiz said that J&K is a world acknowledged dispute and people of the state will at no cost allow dilution of the dispute till it is resolved.
“The move of (tinkering with the State Subject Law) is aimed at undermining the dispute, by changing the demography of the state, settling outsiders here and making the locals a minority in their own land along the Israeli pattern in Palestine.”
He said that this will not be tolerated and was shown by the exceptional protest strike observed by the people of the whole state on 05 and 6th of August.
Mirwaiz said that “the leadership is urgently deliberating upon the issue and taking all segments of society on board to launch a massive protest agitation to counter this onslaught against us.”
He said that while successive governments in India steadily violated the conditions of the temporal accession it had agreed upon till plebiscite was held in the state, the sad part is that, the pro-India Kashmir leaders and parties who had negotiated the conditions with GOI were unable to either safeguard these conditions or compel the GoI to uphold them.
“On the contrary these parties and their leadership for their weakness of chair, became willing tools in the systemic violation of these conditions from time to time over the past seventy years, till things have come to such a pass where our very existence is under grave threat,” he added. (with inputs from PTI)

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