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MEA taking care of such things, says LG on NC, PDP’s demand over dialogue with Pak

News Desk
Monday, February 22, 2021
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JK NEWS OBSERVER

Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Srinagar Feb 22

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that Ministry of External Affairs will decide about holding of dialogue with Pakistan. “Ministry of External Affairs will take a decision as it is taking care of such things,” Sinha told reporters in Jammu when asked National Conference and PDP was advocating dialogue with Pakistan, news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) reported. National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Sunday called for a dialogue with Pakistan to end militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. He recalled former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s words that “you can change your friends but not your neighbours”.

Abdullah recalled Vajpayee’s words and said: “Either we grow friendship and prosper or continue the enmity, then there will be no prosperity.” Similarly, Sinha said those who are demanding early assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir must cooperate with the Delimitation Commission so that the exercise is completed at the earliest. “Once the Delimitation exercise completes, the ECI will take a call,” the LG said. He also condemned recent attacks on policemen and civilians in Kashmir and said they won’t allow militancy to grow. Recently, National Conference MPs, Farooq Abdullah, Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi, recently wrote a letter to Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, chairperson Delimitation Commission expressing their inability to associate with the commission proceedings.

The MPs have requested Justice Desai not to go ahead with the process of delimitation of union territory constituencies as the J&K Reorganisation Act 2019 was under judicial scrutiny in the Supreme Court. “In our view the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 is palpably unconstitutional and has been enacted in disregard and violation of mandate and spirit of constitution of India and, therefore not to be acted upon,” the letter reads, a copy of which lies with news agency KINS.

“We are of the humble opinion that as vires or constitutional validity of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 and the Constitutional Orders (C.O 272 and C.O 273) are under Judicial Scrutiny before the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the principle of Constitutional Propriety demands that the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019 should await Hon’ble Supreme Court.” “We would also respectfully and with all humility at our command request Hon’ble Chairperson, a renowned legal luminary of the country not to go ahead with the proceedings as it may amount to exercise of powers under an Act constitutional validity whereof is being examined by the Constitutional Bench of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and is, therefore, at present constitutionally suspect law,” the letter further reads. (KINS)