Constitutional Provisions not Followed in Abrogation of Article 370: Muslim Groups

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Security personnel deployed in Jammu and Kashmir. — IANS file

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NEW DELHI –- In a belated reaction to the Kashmir issue, leading Muslim groups on Wednesday pointed out that the Constitutional provisions were not followed in the abrogation of the Article 370 and demanded that the government should lift all the restrictions and lockdown immediately and restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Stressing on the unity and integrity of the country, they appealed to the youth not to indulge in spreading fake news on social media purveyed by irresponsible TV channels and media and inimical forces.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind convened a consultative meeting of leading Muslim groups and leaders to discuss the grim situation in the state as an outcome of the crippling clampdown imposed on it in the aftermath of the revocation of Article 370 that guaranteed special status to Jammu and Kashmir entered 24th day making the life of an average Kashmiri miserable.

The meeting held on Tuesday at JUH headquarters has unanimously passed a very cautious resolution after deliberations.

The resolution read: “It is the paramount duty of every citizen to preserve and protect the unity and integrity of the country and no compromise can be made on this issue. Right to equality and justice enshrined in the Constitution also meant to preserve the integrity and stability of the country. We cannot establish peace and tranquility without following the Constitution and also cannot buy the loyalty of people by using force.

“Article 370 was incorporated in the constitution through due process of the law and it could only be revoked by due constitutional procedure. The manner in which this Article was revoked attracted some constitutional objections and propriety. At present, the matter is with the Supreme Court and we should repose faith in the judiciary and wait for its decision before taking any action, the resolution said.

“Until, it is proved that the removal of Article 370 (the special status) was not in accordance with the constitutional provisions we should focus on protecting the basic human rights of the people of Kashmir, establishing peace, and restoring normalcy in the state. Lifting of curfew, communication lockdown, access to emergency services including healthcare, and opening of the educational institutions must be done immediately,” the resolution demanded. .

“In the prevailing circumstances,” the Muslim leaders said, “we also appeal to the youth not to indulge in spreading false and fake news on social media purveyed by irresponsible TV channels and media and forces inimical to them.”

Asking the youth not to get swayed by emotions, they said this is neither in their interest nor is it in the interest of their families or the community.”

After the meeting, which was held under the leadership of JUH President Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri, a joint statement was released by the Jamiat general secretary Maulana Mahmood A. Madani.

Among leaders who attended the meeting, were Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, president, Syed Sadatullah Husaini; Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahadi Salafi, Ameer Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hdeeth Hind; Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, Chairman Delhi Minorities Commission; Kamal Faruqi, All India Muslim Personal Law Board; Maulana Tanveer Hashmi, President Muslim Mutahida Council; M J Khan, India Council of Food and Agriculture; Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, Chairman,  Zakat Foundation of India, Niyaz Ahmad Faruqi, Advocate Shakil Syed, Maulana Hakeemuddin, Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Nadavi, Bangalore, Maulana Moizuddin, Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani, and others.

 

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