J&K acceded to India, not merged with it: PDP

SRINAGAR – Ruling Peoples Democratic Party on Monday welcomed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court judgement wherein it maintained the permanence of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that forms the basis of State’s relation with India.

Senior party leader and spokesperson, Dr Mehboob Beg, in a statement said, “We welcome the Judgment and it underlines our constant stand on the subject, PDP has always said that Article 370 is indispensable and forms the very basis of the relation that the state shares with the rest of the Country.”

The former Parliamentarian also said that Article 370 could not be repealed, abrogated or amended and that he was glad that the same has been upheld by the Highest Court of the State.

Dr Beg further added that it was vital to understand that J&K negotiated its position with the rest of the Country and it was not right to compare it with the other states of India. He further pointed-out that the State ‘acceded’ to India and had not ‘merged’ with it.

Dr Beg also said that his party condemned the incident in Udhampur in which a Kashmir bound truck was set on fire by some miscreants. He appealed to the people to maintain peace and tranquillity and not fall prey to those trying to instigate the masses.

He further said that the people of the state must stand united in accordance with the spirit expressed by the State Legislature by passing a unanimous resolution in this behalf.