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UNIMPRESSED with cries of secession raised by the mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir in case BJP government abrogates Article 370 of the Constitution, separatists on Saturday asked the ruling National Conference and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to end "Jihad over Article 370". "There has been erosion in the Article 370 and National Conference, PDP and Congress are responsible for it. They have rendered the Article a hollow shell. Now they cannot shout from rooftops that they are the only saviours of Kashmiris," separatist leader Muhammad Yasin Malik said.

Malik, who heads pro-Independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), said since 1953 various central laws were extended to Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference and the PDP facilitated the process. "The last Maharaja of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, came up with State subject law in 1927 debarring no residents of Jammu and Kashmir to purchase land in the state. But present day Maharajas, like Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and his daughter, Farooq Abdullah and his son, have undone what Hari Singh had done," Malik said addressing a press conference here.

He accused the NC and PDP leadership of leasing out thousands of acres of land to the security forces and Army despite the strong domicile law of Hari Singh.

"Muftis and Abdullahs have no right to shed crocodile tears over a statement of a minister of state in the PMO." "They are trying hard to turn Kashmir dispute into an issue of Centre-state relations by consuming us in debate over Article 370," Malik said.

He said new government in New Delhi was also trying to test waters in Jammu and Kashmir to change focus from "freedom struggle to Centrestate relations." "And given the response to it in the state, they have succeed in the game plan," he added.

Malik said in response to the Central government's move to initiate debate around Article 370, he was going to launch "quit Kashmir movement." He, however, didn't specify the date and modus operandi of the "quit Kashmir movement."ALSO SEE PAGE 19

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Date:Jun 1, 2014
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