Srinagar, August 28, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) in collaboration with other civil society groups organized a seminar at Dak Bungalow in Baramulla to discuss the impending threat to demography of Jammu and Kashmir at the hands of Hindu extremist government in New Delhi.
Speakers from various civil society organizations, members of Bar Association Baramulla and other activists spoke at length on how to protect Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution that defines the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. The speakers said that for safeguarding the article 35-A “Kashmiri people will not even hesitate to shed their blood”.
Noted academician and Chairperson of Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, Professor Hameeda Nayeem, said that Kashmiris would foil every attempt to abrogate Article 35-A and any such misadventure would prove disastrous for India.
“Israel is godfather of India. Indian government wants to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir like Israel did in Palestine. But we will not let it happen. We will face bullets but will not allow them to abrogate Article 35-A,” Hameeda Nayeem said. She said, Article 35-A bars Indian citizens to acquire land rights or jobs in Jammu and Kashmir.
Civil society activist, Syed Shakeel Qalandar, said the narrative unleashed by RSS and BJP in India is dangerous. “We have to face this narrative and generate public opinion in our favor. Media has duty to make people aware about article 35-A. Every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir irrespective of religion and region must come forward to safeguard the constitutional provision,” Qalandar said.
Another civil society activist, Abdul Majeed Zargar, warned that any attempt to abrogate Article 35-A would be resisted, tooth and nail. “Article 35-A bars Indians to abrogate the laws and orders constituted in 1927. Now after 70 years, they want to change the demography in Kashmir by abrogating Article 35-A,” he added. Members of Sikh Civil Society, advocates from Baramulla court and other youth activists also participated in the seminar.
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