Demands immediate release of political detainees; NC, PDP, DMK MPs protest outside parliament, seek restoration of JK’s special status
New Delhi, : National Conference (NC) President and Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday sought the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional position, which he said was ‘unconstitutionally, undemocratically and illegally rescinded on the 5th of August last year.
According to a statement issued to KNO, Party president in his address in the Lok Sabha said, “Today while I am speaking here, there is a fierce gun battle going on in Kashmir. Unfortunately, such violent encounters have become a routine in Kashmir. There will be no peace in Jammu and Kashmir unless decisions taken on Aug 05 2019 are not revoked and the special status is restored.”
He also demanded the unconditional release of political, youth, civil society detainees arrested following the Aug 05 decisions saying that it was imperative to restore long-lasting peace in J&K.
Earlier the party President Dr. Farooq Abdullah along with Member of Parliament of Dravida Munetra Kazhagam (DMK) Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, NC Members of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi, Muhammad Akbar Lone; Rajya Sabha members Fayaz Ahmed Mir of PDP, Nazir Ahmed Laway; protested in front of Gandhi Statue in the foreground of the Parliament house and demanded restoration of the constitutional position to Jammu and Kashmir as per 1952 Delhi agreement, 1975 accord and restoration of the Articles 370, 35-A which were unconstitutionally, undemocratically abrogated by GOI on the 5th of August last year.
The protesting MPs said that there was no peace in J&K, and that there could be no long-lasting peace in the region unless the undemocratic measures undertaken by the GOI on Aug 05 2019 are not reversed.
The party’s MPs led by Dr. Abdullah had earlier called on the Lok Sabha Speaker and urged him to enable discussion on the situation in J&K.