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Activists flay Art 370 abrogation


Activists flay Art 370 abrogation

Neeraj Bagga

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 14

Peace activists of the Hind-Pak Dosti Manch unanimously decried the Union Government for abruptly stripping Jammu and Kashmir of special powers and bifurcating it into two union Territories, without taking its people into confidence.

Manch president Sayada Hamid said the way adopted to abrogate Article 370 was unconstitutional and the government must have taken its people into confidence.

She said Kashmiris were not being considered Indians and they were put under severe restrictions. This treatment was instilling insecurity among them, as they now viewed Union Government with doubt.

Rajya Sabha member Kumar Ketkar said boundaries of countries keep changing so the process of peace should not be discontinued.

They passed some resolutions, including showing concern over unilateral action of the Narendra Modi government in abolishing Article 370 in J&K and asked it to be reconsidered. They sought immediate release of all arrested leaders of Kashmir.

“To win back the confidence of people of J&K and bring them into mainstream, dialogue should be started with leaders of its political parties and the next decision concerning J&K must be taken after consulting them,” they said.

The activists said it must be ensured that terrorist organisations do not succeed in misleading people of the mountainous state, especially youth, and their faith in the Indian Constitution must be restored.

They expressed deep concern on the recent tension between India and Pakistan and asked both countries to refrain from creating an atmosphere of war in the region.

The governments should create an amicable environment to resolve Kashmir and other bilateral issues peacefully through dialogue. They appealed to both governments to roll back the restrictions imposed on road, rail and air transport and on trade as well.

Satnam Singh Manak, general secretary of the Manch, said no Pakistani peace activist was invited to this edition of the programme. He said their counterparts in Pakistan South Asia Free Media Association would hold a seminar on Indo-Pakistan peace in Lahore on August 16.

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