Article 370 gone forever, it won’t come back: former Raw chief

Srinagar, July 15 (KMS): Former chief of Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), A S Dulat on Thursday claimed that Article 370 was a gone case and it won’t come back again now.

in an exclusive interview with a Srinagar-based news agency, A S Dulat said that he is of the strong belief that the Article 370 issue is over. “The credit for scrapping it goes to BJP,” he said.

“I personally believe that it won’t come back. Even mainstream parties like the National Conference have stated that the issue is before the Supreme Court and they will fight it there. The issue is sub-judice and let’s wait for the court verdict…..”

A S Dulat said that he was always an ardent supporter of dialogue for resolving the Kashmir dispute. He said the Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, definitely has a role to play and he believes that the Mirwaiz should be allowed to play his role as and when he is ready for it.

On if Mirwaiz had a role, why he is under continuous house arrest since 5 August 2019, the former RAW chief evaded the query reiterating that he (Mirwaiz) should be allowed to play his part whenever he is ready.

Replying to a query about the delimitation process in IIOJK, Dulat said that Jammu may get a little benefit out of the process.

To a question that PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has stated that the script of the delimitation panel was already written, he said, “I hope all the apprehensions of Mehbooba turn out to be wrong….”

About the ceasefire on the Line of Control, Dulat said that it was a good step.

On the sacking of government employees, he said only the elected government can address such issues. “It is the elected government that can satisfy people and address their concerns,” he said.

About the demand for restoration of statehood in IIOJK, Dulat said it is a genuine demand that should be fulfilled.

To a query whether pro-freedom leaders serving detention since past over two years in New Delhi need to be released, he evaded the query saying, “I can’t comment on this issue…”