Hurriyat (M) Meets, Cautions People Against ‘Demographic Changes’

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Srinagar: Asking government to stop issuing domicile certificates to outsiders to ‘change the demographic character’ of J&K, the Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday cautioned people against selling their land and property to outsiders at any cost.

In a statement issued here today, a Hurriyat spokesperson said that executive members Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani Lone called on ailing executive member and former APHC chairman Maulana Abbas Ansari to check on his deteriorating health at his residence and later held a meeting there.

Executive member Masroor Abbas Ansari also participated in the meeting while APHC chairman  Mirwaiz Umar Farooq could not attend as he continues to be under arbitrary house arrest since August 2019, the spokesperson said.

In the meeting, the members said that the government should stop issuing domicile certificates to outsiders with the view to change the demographic character of J&K, which is causing great concern among people and could have serious consequences for the region.

“APHC members advised people to be very vigilant at this time and not sell their land or any property to outsiders at any cost,” the spokesperson said.

He said the members recalled the events from 1931 and said that when the people of J&K stood up for the realisation of their aspirations, till date those aspirations and there will have been repeatedly compromised.

“Since 1947 there have also been attempts to change the demographic character of J&K and in August 2019 a final nail in the coffin was hammered in this regard. These attempts at demographic engineering are completely unacceptable to the people of J&K who have totally rejected it,” the members, according to the spokesperson said.

The senior Hurriyat leaders also reiterated APHC‘s basic stand that the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir has to be resolved peacefully as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K among the three stakeholders India,Pakistan and people of J&K.

“Dialogue among the three stakeholders is the best alternative method to resolve the issue that APHC has consistently advocated and even participated in. While Resolution of the Kashmir issue is the best guarantee of real peace and subsequent prosperity in the subcontinent,” the Hurriyat spokesperson said.

The APHC members said that they will continue to pursue persistently for peaceful resolution of Kashmir conflict, he added.

The meeting also condemned the killing of civilian in Sopore and sought an end to such killings.

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