Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Oct 27: The newly formed alliance of seven J&K parties – Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration and other mainstream leaders have slammed the amendments in land laws of J&K, paving way for buying of land in the UT by non locals.
People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration spokesman Sajad Lone termed the MHA Order as a huge betrayal.
“This is a massive assault on the rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and grossly unconstitutional. The Alliance has vowed to fight the anti Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh measure on all fronts. The order made in exercise of powers under Reorganisation Act, 2019, it is stated, is yet another brazen violation of the principle of constitutional proprietary of fundamental importance to a constitutional democracy”, he said.
“The unconstitutional measure is clearly designed as an attempt to preempt the outcome of the challenge before the Supreme Court. The assault on exclusive property rights apart, changes in urban development laws and creation of Security Zones is bound to prejudicially affect environment and ecosystem in environmentally fragile regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in utter disregard of grave environmental concerns” he said.
National Conference Vice President and former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called the newly introduced J&K Development Act as hostile to the interests of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.
He said that the amendments to the land ownership law have put J&K up for sale. “With these new laws in place tokenism of the domicile certificate has been done away with as purchasing non-agricultural land has been made easier. These new laws are unacceptable to people of J&K, Ladakh,” he said.
“The measures are also part of a larger design aimed to destroy the local, distinctive cultural identity of Kashmir thereby giving a ditch to the successive promises made by the successive central governments from time to time,” he said adding, “Such measures reveal that it is not the people’s aspirations which matters to the ruling dispensation at New Delhi, it is rather the land which they want to hold on and are interested in.”
Former chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti termed the amendment as an attempt to snatch the democratic right of people.
She in a tweet said after abrogating Article 370, the government is paving way for the people outside Jammu and Kashmir to buy the land here.
Apni Party president Altaf Bukhari said any laws which do not safeguard the interests and rights of people of J&K would be unacceptable to the Apni Party.
“We pledge to continue with our fight for restoration of Statehood and domicile laws on land that would ensure safeguards for the rights of residents of J&K like many states in the country,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Vice-President and former MLC G N Monga said since last year the BJP Government in New Delhi is issuing orders at frequent intervals and psychologically torturing people of J&K further.
“What government of India wants to convey to the people of J&K by issuing such laws? They want to dis-empower the people of Jammu and Kashmir fully. The BJP government at the Center has been humiliating and subjugating people of J&K and Congress will fight against these moves tooth and nail,” Monga said.
CPI (M) senior leader and former MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami termed it a design to disempower the people of Jammu and Kashmir further.
“This is a design to disempower the people of J&K further and put their land on sale for corporations. It is daylight robbery of land in the name of integration, development and security,” Tarigami tweeted—(KNO)