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