In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, various Sikh representative organizations including Sikh Intellectuals Circle J&K, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), J&K Sikh Council, International Sikh Federation, Sikhs Future in J&K and Sikh Students Federation have demanded restoration of special status of the territory as it was before 5th August 2019.
The demand was made by S. Narinder Singh Khalsa, Chairman Sikh Intellectuals Circle J&K, while addressing a joint press conference with Senior Sikh leaders including S. Ram Singh, Prof. Surinder Singh, S. Ranjeet Singh, S.
Harmanan Singh, S. Jatinder Singh, S. Harasis Singh, S. Amarjit Singh, S. Rajinder Singh, S. Daljit Singh, S. Nirman Singh, S. Simranjit Singh, S. Davinder Singh, S. Jaswinder Singh, S. Ravinder Singh, S. Amandeep Singh, S. Bhagwan Singh, S. Manjit Singh, and S. Surinder Singh in Jammu.
The Sikh leaders said the people of IIOJK need confidence building measures for the restoration of their democratic and fundamental rights.
They said the beginning of dialogue process by the Indian government with the political leader of IIOJK has proved that policy of suppression and radicalizing narratives have failed and the Kashmiri people have rejected all one sided undemocratic steps, aimed at creating demographic changes in the occupied territory .
The Sikh leaders appealed to leaders of various political parties of IIOJK going for dialogue process to at least demand the restoration of special status of the territory.
They hoped that the leaders of Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, who have resolved to strive for restoration of special status of IIOJK, will stick to their commitment in view of the fact that till date on ground there is no popular acceptance of the abrogation of special status and bifurcation of the occupied territory on August 05, 2019.
The Sikh leaders while welcoming the recent statements of India and Pakistan on resolving the issues through dialogue said that Sikh Community of occupied Kashmir is in favour of dialogue between India and Pakistan for resolution of their all issues including the Kashmir dispute for the peace and economic development in the region.—KMS