GOI Accelerating Demographic Changes In Kashmir: Hurriyat

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Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday accused New Delhi of bringing new rules and amendments to accelerate the process of “demographic change” in Jammu and Kashmir and to “usurp land and livelihood” of the people.

In a statement issued here, a Hurriyat Conference spokesperson said that post-August 2019, when Modi-led government scrapped Article-370 and Article 35A, besides split the state into two Union Territories, New Delhi was changing and amending rules one after another to bring about and accelerate the process of demographic changes in J&K

“After the arbitrary and illicit domicile law was brought in, every other day new diktats are being issued to usurp the land and livelihood of the people and simultaneously change the demographic character of the state,” the Hurriyat spokesperson said.

He said few days ago, government of India brought in an amendment to the Control of Building Operations Act, providing a “special dispensation “for carrying out construction activities and acquisition of land in strategic areas by  the armed forces.

“Another order was issued yesterday to further facilitate this process stating that the armed forces will no longer require No Objection Certification (NOC) from authorities for land acquisition.  J&K which already has the distinction of being the worlds most militarised zone that fact is being used as a tool for military settlements,” the spokesperson said.

“This is unacceptable to the people who are further aggrieved by such authoritarian measures being thrust upon them while they are battling the coronavirus and are under a lockdown. Nor can such measures change the reality of the Kashmir dispute and need for its resolution,” he added.

Voicing concern over the continued detention of people across Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat spokesperson said that Anjuman-e-Islamia chief Parvaiz Ahmed Sheikh has been arrested and booked under sedition in Doda district, while a post graduate student Aqib Malik of Kashmir University has also been arrested

“At the time of pandemic and on occasion of Eid-ul-Azha the authorities instead of releasing prisoners arrested in August last year, continues with such inhuman policy,” he added.

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