Will ensure protection of Articles 370, 35A: Omar Abdullah

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Srinagar, Mar 28 (PTI) National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Thursday that his party will ensure protection of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution and will not allow the NIA to intimidate Kashmiri youth.
He said the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections are significant as it will decide the future course of action on the Articles.
“The very special character of our state is facing overt as well as covert threats. These elections provide us with a good opportunity to send resourceful and capable people to country’s highest house who can forcefully work for preserving state’s special status,” Abdullah said addressing an election rally in the Lolab area of Kupwara district in north Kashmir.
While Article 370 guarantees special status to Jammu and Kshnmir, Article 35A empowers the state assembly to define ‘permanent residents’ for bestowing special rights and privileges to them.
Abdullah said the NC will ensure protection of the special status of the state within and outside the courts.

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