Newspaper: Mehbooba opposes repeal of Kashmir's special status

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister speaks to the media on Friday after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi

"A message should go that there is no such thing", she said. An NGO backed by right-wing groups has challenged it on the grounds that it violates the fundamental rights of citizens of India including owning property and the right to reside and settle in any part of the country.

The joint resistance leadership has called for a complete shutdown on Saturday, August 12, to protest against the ongoing genocide of Kashmiris and the Indian plan to abrogate Article 35-A of Indian Constitution that bars settlement of outsiders in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We demand that the rights of all the people of all the three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh-should be protected and there should be no discrimination".

The Union government has rightly parted ways with the state government in front of the Supreme Court.

The BJP, which is an alliance partner in the Mehbooba Mufti-led government in the state, has been calling for the scrapping of the special provision since the party's inception in 1980.

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The article empowers state's legislature to define "permanent residents" of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents. Therefore, Article 35A is in direct violation of Article 14. Hence, If the apex court rules that Art 35A is in violation of the Constitution, such a judgment will have to be made applicable to all the Constitutional Application Orders from 1950 till date.

This Presidential Order inter alia added Article 35A to the Constitution of India.

Mirwaiz, who continues to be under house detention at his Nigeen residence, in a statement said that after doing away with the fiscal autonomy of J&K, efforts are underway to do away with the special status of J&K by challenging Article 35A in the Supreme Court. Any decision by the Supreme Court will have far-reaching consequences. The former chief minister advised Mehbooba to not only meet the Prime Minister, but other Central Ministers as well to reiterate the state's stance on the subject. "The Prime Minister gave 100 per cent assurance to the agenda of alliance", she told reporters after her 15-minute meeting with Modi.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Prime Minister had a meeting to discuss the issue (Article 35-A), he said. More than 6,000 mainstream party workers, mainly from Farooq Abdullah's National Conference, have been killed during militancy just because they stood by the covenant.

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