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Kashmir is integral part of India: Haji Syed Salman Chishty of Ajmer Sharif bats for Modi govt.
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Kashmir is integral part of India: Haji Syed Salman Chishty of Ajmer Sharif bats for Modi govt.

| @indiablooms | 22 Sep 2019, 03:29 pm

Geneva, Sept 23 (IBNS): Yet another major Muslim figure of India has come out in support of the Indian government's move on Jammu and Kashmir with spiritual leader Haji Syed Salman Chishty of Ajmer Sharif affirming hat Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.

He said there remain no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ about the issue.

“Kashmir has always been an integral part of India. There is no ifs and buts about it and there cannot be,” he was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.

Salman Chishty, who addressed an event in University of Geneva, said, “It’s an opportunity and it’s a way where every Kashmiri should come forward and contribute and embrace this opportunity for the sake of their own children, for the sake of their children’s future and for the sake of Kashmir to be prosperous.”

Chishty represents the Dargah in Ajmer Sharif in India.

Slamming Pakistan over its stand on Kashmir issue, he said: "Pakistan has their own ideas, their own language that they can use and justify whatever they think about 8 or 9 crore Muslims in Kashmir. When they put these numbers, do they become blind to see 180 million Muslims across India living peacefully, happily contributing to the nation-state building for over hundreds of years? It is their own blindness which restricts them to see the full picture that India is."

He said people in Kashmir will have a prosperous future ahead.

India and Pakistan have been engaged in a bitter war of words over PM Narendra Modi-led government's decision to scrap Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has so far failed to garner support from any nation over Modi's decision to scrap Article 370 which had granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Modi government scrapped Article 35 A and Article 370 which were used to give Jammu and Kashmir a special status.

Article 35A of the Indian Constitution allowed the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and also provided special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

Article 370 allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, flag and right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security.

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