‘We Aren’t In search of Aazadi…’ Sajad Lone Says New Alliance Prepared for Talks However Not at Value of J&Okay’s Dignity
Srinagar: In his first interview because the central authorities piloted constitutional change in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019, former J&Okay minister Sajjad Lone mentioned the brand new Kashmir alliance was not averse to speaking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and high authorities functionaries in the event that they listened to the sentiment on floor.
“We do not have contempt for the excessive places of work of the nation. We’ve got full respect for them. There must be no drawback in speaking, however in our humble method we should guarantee there isn’t any compromise to the dignity of individuals of Jammu and Kashmir. I feel Delhi ought to speak to folks because it took folks’s rights away,” Lone instructed Information 18 when requested if the brand new alliance will like to have interaction with PM Modi and House Minister Amit Shah.
“They took the choice (referring to August 5, 2019) and they need to have interaction…if not with us then the folks. And enquire from them why there’s a lot anger and bitterness. The ball is of their courtroom,” Lone mentioned, refusing to be drawn into element over the difficulty.
The chairman of Individuals’s Convention is taken into account to be an architect of the brand new alliance that was launched by veteran politician Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday. Six mainstream events have come collectively to combat for restoration of particular constitutional place that was taken away final yr when Parliament struck down the contentious Article 370 that gave residents of the Jammu and Kashmir unique rights on jobs, schooling and land. Named Individuals’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration — a grouping of various events who had vowed to safeguard J&Okay’s particular legal guidelines as enshrined in structure final yr — it can quickly assign roles and agenda for efficient functioning.
“Our motive is to get again what was taken away from us forcibly, illegally and unconstitutionally and what rightfully belongs to us,” mentioned Lone, who was incarcerated for months earlier than being launched.
“We aren’t in search of aazadi…all we’re demanding is strictly inside the structure. We had mentioned it earlier than August 5, 2019 and we’re saying it now. There isn’t any change,” he mentioned.
On Wednesday, Farooq Abdullah sought decision of Kashmir concern by way of dialogue by inviting all of the stakeholders ostensibly India, Pakistan and Kashmir.
Requested about BJP authorities’s repeated declare that there was no going again on Article 370, Lone mentioned he doesn’t consider every thing is solid in stone. “Persons are entitled to opinions, there’s one in Srinagar and one other in Delhi, however the world is dynamic. It retains on evolving. Nothing stays static.”
He mentioned within the coming days, the alliance will attain out to leaders in Ladakh and Jammu to take their views on the difficulty. ”I’m certain all shades of opinions can be accommodated. The collective mechanism of the alliance will guarantee we’re inclusive and holistic in strategy,” he added.