“Welfare of Kashmiris lies in integration with India,” Top Muslim body backs Centre’s Kashmir move

Top Muslim body backs Centre's Kashmir move

New Delhi: Announcing support for the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JuH) top Muslim body on Thursday came out saying Kashmir is an “integral part” of the country and the welfare of people in the valley lies in their integration with India.

“It is our belief that the welfare of the people of Kashmir lies in getting integrated with India. The inimical forces and the neighbouring country are bent upon destroying Kashmir. The oppressed and beleaguered people of Kashmir are stuck between opposing forces,” it said, without mentioning Article 370.

In the resolution passed in its annual general meeting held here, JuH rallied for a united India. In an indirect reference to Pakistan, the resolution said that it was using Kashmiris as “shield”. “JuH stands steadfastly for the unity and integrity of the country and has accorded it paramount importance, the resolution said.

The Muslim body also appealed to the government of India to protect the people of Kashmir and their property while respecting human rights. “It must use all every possible constitutional means for bringing back normalcy in the region and winning the hearts of the people of Kashmir,” it said.