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Tampering Article 370, Article 35-A will render Accession null & void: Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Feb 24:  PDP president Mehbooba Mufti Sunday said any tinkering with Article 370 and Article 35-A of the Constitution, which provide special status to Jammu and Kashmir, will render null and void the state’s Instrument of Accession with India.

“Article 370 is the constitutional connection between J&K & Indian Union. Instrument of accession is contingent on Article 370 which is inextricably linked to Article 35A. Any tampering will render Treaty of Accession null & void,” Mehbooba said in a series of tweets.

She said Kashmir Valley is rife with speculation about the status of Article 35-A.

“Before taking a decision, GoI (Government of India) must consider that J&K was the only Muslim-majority state that chose a secular India over Pak during partition,” she added.

Mehbooba cautioned that Kashmiris should not be blamed for the developments if the special provision was scrapped.

“Those frothing at the mouth & calling for its removal shouldn’t blame Kashmiris for the developments that will follow such a hare-brained decision,” she said.

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