Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference today said that Indira-Sheikh accord of 1974 did not stop the onslaught on special status of the State as maintained by NC and in fact legitimised and put a stamp of approval on all erosions made unto that period.
PC spokesperson Adnan Ashraf Mir in a statement said that"Indira-Sheikh accord emphatically clarified that "hands of the clockcannot be turned back".
"It means that erosions made to Article 370 until 1975cannot be reversed. The accord put stamp of approval on all previous assaultson autonomy," he added.
He said that "Sheikh Abdullah was forced to concur and recommend application of Constitution Order, 1975 which debarred the state legislature to reverse amendments made to Article 370 until 1975.
The application of this order ensured that any law made by the State Legislature seeking any change if any provision relating to appointment of Governor, Election Commission of India & composition of Legislative Council shall have no effect unless it received the assent of President of India." Adnan also said that the Public Safety Act is not a British era act but was enacted by Sheikh Abdullah in 1978.
"PSA was gifted by Sheikh Abdullah to Kashmiris after getting a two-thirds majority in 1977 elections, much to the annoyance of non-congress Central Government who at that time was against such draconian laws and curtailment of liberties", he added.