While asking ruling PDP, opposition NC and Congress not to play politics over the Article 370 issue, Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and MLA Khansahib Hakim Mohammad Yasin today said instead of rhetoric these parties should bring an amendment in the Assembly to restore it to its original position.
Reacting to BJP leader Subramnian Swamy’s recent statement that Center will revoke Article 370, he said, “National Conference says they will not allow anybody to weaken it, Congress says they will defend it and Peoples Democratic Party says nobody can alter the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“If NC, PDP and Congress are all claiming to safeguard the Article 370, then what is stopping them from bringing an amendment in the Assembly to restore the Article 370 to its original position? Ruling PDP should bring an amendment and we will be support it and restore the Article 370 to its original position which is 1953,” the PDF chief said. “But that will happen only if all these parties are sincere, otherwise all these statements are for making people consumption.”The MLA Khansahib vowed that Article 370 is not only non-negotiable and irrevocable but those talking about its abrogation are ignorant about the constitutional position and are bluffing people of the country.“If any attempt is made to fiddle with the Article 370, it will have dangerous consequences vis-à-vis J&K’s relations with the Center. Our party will not only defend the Article 370 at all costs, but will fight for the restoration of eroded provisions of this Article of faith to its original status in the Constitution,” Hakim Yasin vowed.“It would be in the best interests of nation that provisions of Article 370 which have been eroded from time to time are restored,” he said and added even Parliament and J&K Assembly doesn’t have powers to abrogate the Article 370. (KNS)