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‘Fiddling with J&K’s special status, trifurcation, delimitation will be aggression against people’

Amid heightened tension in Kashmir, the all-party meeting, chaired by National Conference President Farooq Abdullah Sunday cautioned Government of India that fiddling with J&K’s special status, “unconstitutional” delimitation and trifurcation of the state would be “aggression” against people of the state. 

The 2-hour long meeting resolved that a delegation of senior
leaders from state political parties would seek audience with President Ram
Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appeal them for safeguarding
interests of J&K.

The meeting was attended by PDP President Mehbooba Mufti,
National Conference Vice-President Omar Abdullah, Peoples Conference Chairman
Sajad Gani Lone, Jammu & Kashmir Peoples Movement founder Shah Faesal and senior
leaders from other parties including Congress.

The political parties vowed to “protect and defend identity,
autonomy and special status of J&K against all attacks and onslaughts
whatsoever”.

“It was unanimously resolved that modification, abrogation
of Articles 35A and 370, unconstitutional delimitation or trifurcation of the
State would be an aggression against people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh,”
senior Abdullah told media persons after the meeting at his Gupkar residence.

This is for the first time in recent years that all
mainstream parties have joined hands and devised joint strategy on any issue
confronting the state.

The parties decided they will apprise the Prime Minister and
President about the prevailing situation and make an appeal to them to
safeguard the legitimate interests of the people of the State, with regard to
constitutional guarantees given to the state in the Constitution of our
country”.

“They will also apprise them of the unwholesome consequences
bound to follow the unconstitutional violation of these guarantees,” Abdullah
said while reading from the resolution which was unanimously passed at the
meeting. The resolution was described as “Gupkar Declaration”.

The political parties resolved to remain together and stand
united in their struggle for safeguarding identity, autonomy and special status
of the state.

Abdullah also appealed to India and Pakistan not to take any
steps that will escalate tension in the region. At the same time he appealed to
people of the state to maintain peace.

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