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Article 370: Indian SC declares occupied Kashmir ‘integral part’ of Country

11 December, 2023 16:08

New Delhi: India’s Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Article 370, which guaranteed special status to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), is an interim provision and that the occupied territory is an integral part of India.

I put it down. In gross violation of UN resolutions and international law, the Narendra Modi government abrogated Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, which granted special autonomy to the illegally occupied Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5. launched a military siege against the Indian state. , the territory of 2019 was imposed.

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As a result, the state, home to more than 12 million people, was also divided into two union territories. Subsequently, a series of petitions seeking abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution were filed and his five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dhananjaya Yeshwanth Chandrachud heard the matter in his 16 days and 12 The verdict was reserved for May 5th. India’s Supreme Court, in a reserved judgment, held that the occupied territories had become an integral part of India “as is clear from Articles 1 and 370 of the Constitution”.

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In a reserved verdict in September, the Supreme Court said occupied Kashmir was an integral part of India and that India had not acquired internal sovereignty even after joining the Union (India). Ta. The Supreme Court of India has also directed the country’s Election Commission to hold elections in IIOJK by September 2024.

Former IIOJK chief minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti released a video after the verdict, appealing to the people of the occupied territories not to lose hope or give up. “The fight for our honor and dignity continues. This is not the end for us,” she wrote in her official X name.

Jammu and Kashmir National Congress (JKNC) leader Omar Abdullah said he was disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision but not “disheartened”. “The fight will continue. It took the BJP decades to get here. We are also prepared for the long haul,” he wrote to X.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Supreme Court’s judgment abrogating Article 370 “historic” and said he constitutionally upheld the 2019 decision of India’s parliament.

“This is a resounding statement of hope, progress and unity for our sisters and brothers in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Court, in its profound wisdom, has honored us as Indians with the values ​​we hold dear and above all. It reinforced the essence of unity that we value.”

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