|Early Times Report|
Srinagar, Oct 20: Urging leaders of political parties not to get confused in statehood for Jammu and Kashmir, former Union minister and senior Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said the goal should be ‘restoration’ of Special Status.
“We, the political class and the intellectuals of the entire state, must stand committed before the people of Kashmir and reiterate that the present day movement in Kashmir is for restoration of our Special Status which happened to be enshrined in Article 370 of the Constitution of India,” he said. The Article was arbitrarily abrogated by the Centre, he alleged and said, “ our struggle for Restoration of our Special Status should not get confused with anything else!” He said, as for the statehood, the Home Minister had made a commitment on the floor of the Parliament that its withdrawal was temporary. So, Prof Soz said, the position is clear that the people of Kashmir want restoration of the Special Status under Article 370 of the Constitution of India or its exact equivalent.