The Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal on Sunday (Feb 24) condemned the India’s attempts to repeal Article 35-A and said “We understand that the Supreme Court of India is due to deliberate, shortly, on the petitions calling for [the] scrapping of Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.
“Pakistan condemns any such attempts as these are clearly aimed at bringing about demographic changes in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir,” he added. “The evolving situation in the Indian Occupied Kashmir is equally a matter of grave concern,” he further noted, adding that consequent to the tragic Pulwama attack, “there have been further heavy-handed steps including enhanced use of force, large-scale arrests, and incarceration of senior Kashmiri leaders”.
“The international community should take cognizance of the situation and counsel India to refrain from further escalation, defuse current tensions and resolve issues through dialogue and engagement,” he said.
Meanwhile Indian Supreme Court is expected to begins hearing a case on the validity of Article 35A of the Constitution tomorrow, Senior Advocate and former Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir, Jahangir Iqbal Ganai told state media adding that the “petition is flawed as the President never amended the Constitution by this Article as it was a mere exception,” Ganai further says that “Article 35A is not a part of the Indian Constitution, but part of the Constitution of India pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir.”
Article 35A of the Indian Constitution is an article that empowers the Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent resident” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
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25 May, 2019