Join hands to defend Article 35 A: Saifullah to separatists, mainstream parties

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Srinagar, Aug 10: National Conference senior leader and former law Minister Mir Saifullah expressed concern that abolition of Article 35 (A) of the Constitution would lead to the end of state subject laws in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that abrogation of the contentious article would not only adversely impact the Kashmir Valley but Jammu and Ladakh regions as well
“Provisions which are stated under article 35 (A) were initiated by Raja Hari Singh. If this is scrapped by the Supreme Court, it will end state subject laws. People from other states will gain access to buy property in the region, avail educational scholarships for their children, relief material and bag government jobs”, he said.
Mir said that people will lose jobs and scholarships not only in the valley but also in Jammu and Ladakh. If the article is tampered with, you might find that nobody knows your language in the offices you visit as outsiders will take those jobs,” he said. “Amid fears of tinkering with special status of Jammu and Kashmir, former minister urged separatists and mainstream parties to join hands to defend Article 35 A. He added that BJP, RSS trying to change Muslim majority in J&K state. He appeals leaders, peoples of J&K state to build a pressure before hearing date, not to wait 27th August. (PTK)

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