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Kashmiris unanimously reject Indian SC verdict

Kashmiris unanimously reject Indian SC verdict
December 11, 2023 Web Desk

SRINAGAR (92 News) - Kashmiris from across political spectrum have rejected the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict validating the Narendra Modi government’s illegal act of revoking the special status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated to continue their struggle for right to self-determination as granted by the UN Security Council resolutions.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference spokesman, in a statement issued in Srinagar reacting to the verdict, said that the Indian government or its judiciary has no right to decide the legal status of the internationally-recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Kashmiris are not fighting for Articles 370 or 35A, instead they are fighting for complete freedom of Jammu and Kashmir from India’s illegal occupation.

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is under house arrest, said: "We should not be disheartened. J&K has seen several ups and downs. SC's verdict is not less than a death penalty for Kashmiris. The verdict stating Article 370 was a temporary provision, is not our defeat, but the defeat of the idea of India. I want to say this to the people of the country that many of you are celebrating this (verdict). Today J&K was converted into a jail, and all the shopkeepers were directed that they will not open their shops before 10 am. We were under house arrest. This is a political war which has been going on for ages, and a lot of people have sacrificed their lives for this. We will not leave this, we have to come together and fight."

APHC-AJK leader Altaf Hussain Wani said Kashmiris have no faith in Indian judiciary and contended that the Indian government or its parliament does not have the legal power to revoke Article 370 as Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory under UN Security Council resolutions.

National Conference vice Chairman Omar Abdullah said that he was not disheartened by the verdict and added that the struggle would continue. “Disappointed but not disheartened. The struggle will continue. It took the BJP decades to reach here. We are also prepared for the long haul,” he wrote on X.