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IIOJK political parties blame India for ‘intentional diversion’ on Article 370 abrogation

New Delhi: Political parties in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir slammed the New Delhi’s statement in the Supreme Court about the holding of elections in the territory any time as “intentional diversion”, to shift focus away from the petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

At the hearing held on Thursday over challenges to Article 370, the Indian government also told the Supreme Court that restoration of statehood will “take some time”.

National Conference (NC) chief spokesperson Tanveer Sadiq said that as a petitioner in the case, the party had “pleaded the Court to strike down the August 5, 2019, decision (abrogating Article 370) as unconstitutional”, and to restore the position that existed earlier.

“We have not approached the Court for elections. The Solicitor General’s statement appears to divert attention and simplify the issue to just a demand for elections, creating intentional confusion… Our consistent stand has been that the restoration of democratic rights and a duly elected body can’t be further delayed,” Sadiq said.

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