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No court can change J&K residency law due to UNSC resolutions: Mirwaz

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Srinagar, Aug 10: Hurriyat-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today asserted that no court had the jurisdiction to change the residency law of Jammu and Kashmir due to the UN Security Council resolutions.

“No court has the jurisdiction to tamper with the 1927 hereditary state subject laws of J&K because UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir clearly state that the citizens of J&K are to decide their final dispensation as a people, by exercising the right to self-determination, a right which is yet to be exercised by us,” said Mirwaiz, addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here.

Mirwaiz said the commitment to the right of self-determination was made to the people of the state by the first Prime Minister of India, both before the people of J&K and the world.

“So how can any court challenge the UN resolutions and the commitments made by the Government of India that took the shape of Constitutional safeguards till the government honours its commitments?” Mirwaiz asked.

He said J&K was a “world-acknowledged dispute” and the people of the state would at no cost allow dilution of the dispute till it was resolved.

“The move of tinkering with the state subject law is aimed at undermining the dispute, by changing the demography of the state, settling outsiders here and making the locals a minority in their own land along the Israeli pattern in Palestine,” he alleged.

He said such a move will not be tolerated as was shown by the exceptional protest strike observed by the people of the state on August 05 and 06.

“The leadership (separatists) is urgently deliberating upon the issue and taking all segments of the society on board to launch a massive protest agitation to counter this onslaught against us,” he added.

He also used Twitter to blame the pro-India leaders and parties in Kashmir for failing to ” the negotiated terms of temporary accession with India.”

Taking to Twitter soon after his Friday sermon at the Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said the successive governments in New Delhi have steadily violated the condition of “temporal accession” the country had agreed upon till right to self-determination was to be held in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mirwaiz alleged that pro-India politicians in Kashmir “became willing tools to eradicate those conditions negotiated during temporary accession in the past seven decades.”

“At Jamia, while successive Govts in India steadily violated conditions of the ‘temporal accession’ it had agreed upon till plebiscite was held in J&K, the sad part is that pro India leaders & parties who had negotiated those conditions with Govt of India were unable to either safeguard these conditions or compel GOI to uphold them. Instead, on the contrary they for their weakness of chair became willing tools in the systemic violation of these conditions over the past 70 years, till things have come to such a pass where our very existence is under grave threat!” Mirwaiz tweeted.