Article 370 a legal basis of J&K’s accession with India: Wajahat Habibullah

Srinagar: The former chairman of National Commission for Minorities Wajahat Habibullah, on Wednesday termed Dr Jatinder Singh, MOS PMO’s remarks on Article 370 a figment of imagination.

Talking to KNS, Habibullah, who was also Chief Information Commissioner of India said: “I don’t know on what basis Mr Singh made such remarks on an Article which legalizes J&K’s accession with India.”

Known for his distinguished services rendered in Jammu and Kashmir in various capacities, Habibullah said  that Article 370 cannot be changed in any circumstances. “It is enshrined in the constitution of India which guarantees special status to Jammu and Kashmir and remarks made on this Article are unfortunate,” he added.

Member of Indian Administrative Service of 1968 batch, Habibullah who is also recipient of a gold medal for his distinguished services in Jammu and Kashmir in 1996, also termed Nawaz-Modi meet a good beginning in normalizing relations between the two countries. “Though it was just a courtesy meeting but I hope the same can pave way for formalized negotiations. The announcement that foreign secretaries is also a good beginning,” he added.