India committed constitutional outrage in IOK: HRF » Kashmir Media Service

Kurnool, India, September 08 (KMS): Member of Coordination Committee of Human Rights Forum, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, VS Krishna has said that the Indian government committed a constitutional outrage on August 5 by abrogating Article 370 and 35A of its Constitution in occupied Kashmir (IOK) and dividing the territory into two union territories.

VS Krishna addressing a meeting on Kashmir at the Kurni Kalyana Mandapam in Yemmiganur, he claimed that the lockdown in Kashmir had pushed Kashmiris to extreme distress.

Tracing the movement in Kashmir, he touched upon the promise of plebiscite made to the people of Kashmir by India in 1947. In reference to an illegal act on the part of fleeing Maharaja of Kashmir, he said, “The accession was predicated on the assurance by India to the people of J&K that their view would be taken in a free and fair plebiscite. It is pertinent to remember that Nehru gave this assurance not only to the people of Kashmir but also to the world. The plebiscite was never held. The crux of the Kashmir movement is the demand that the right of self-determination guaranteed by the promise of plebiscite should be honoured.”

He said, the ongoing lockdown is causing misery to the people with the Indian forces functioning with total impunity. “This kind of blanket clampdown on media and communication has never happened before,” he added.

He said the people of Kashmir should have the first and last say in any resolution of the dispute since they are the people who are affected.

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