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Only people’s power can safeguard JK’s special status: Zafar Shah

Sunday, August 13, 2017

(Kashmir Observer) - Distinguished Kashmiri lawyer and legal expert Zaffar Ahmed Shah has said that only people’s power can stop New Delhi from removing Article 35-A that grants special privileges to the permanent subjects of Jammu and Kashmir.

“We can approach Supreme Court at individual or organizational levels, file petitions for safeguarding of this article which is the soul of Article 370,” Shah said.

He said that there is desperate need to make people aware about the essence of this article. It's removal will have very serious implications, he said.

“After its removal, a question will be raised over the credibility and essence of Jammu Kashmir Constitution. India is hell-bent to bring Jammu and Kashmir State completely in its fold. In case Article 35A is removed, Jammu and Kashmir will become like any other state of India with no special status,” he said.

Advocate Zaffar Ahmed Shah said that the removal of this article will give a big blow to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and in coming time the State will lose its distinct character.