Authorities seize land of Hizb commander in South Kashmir

KL Report

SRINAGAR

On the directions of National Investigation Agency (NIA) New Delhi, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have seize the 9 kanals of paddy land of Hizbul Mujhadeen commander Ghulam Nabi Kahn alias Saifullah Khalid in Liver Pahalgam area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district, who according to the family has settled down in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).

Family sources said that Tehsildar Pahalgam called on village headman of Liver Pahalgam and informed him that he has orders to seize the 9 kanals of land that belong to the Hizb militant commander Saifullah Khalid. “Tehsildar Pahalgam showed us the notice sent by NIA wherein it was impressed upon the local authorities to seize the 9 canals of paddy land that belong to ‘fugitive’ HM militant Ghulam Nabi Khan alias Saifullah Khalid,” one of the family members said claiming that the land belongs to the wife of Saifullah Khalid.

He said that in 1970, Saifullah had transferred the ownership rights of these 9 kanals of land to his wife Fatima Banoo. “This paddy land was seized on the pretext that it belongs to Saifullah Khalid who is affiliated with Hizbul Mujhadeen but the fact is that this immovable property belongs to his wife,” the family said.

“Saifullah Khalid joined militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen and crossed the border in 1990 and after that he never returned. His 17 year old son Abdul Hamid Khan who was then an 11th student was picked up by Indian Army in 1997 from Srigufwara Higher Secondary School and later his body was recovered from the same area,” the family members said adding that the decision of authorities is ‘illegal’ and has no justification.

They family said that they had sown paddy seedlings on the land and now authorities have barred us from doing any cultivation on the said sealed land.

 When contacted, Tehsildar Pahalgam Muhammad Arshid Khan said that he is unable to comment on the issue as he was busy at Nunwan with Yatra arrangements.

Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujhadeen spokesperson Salim Hashmi said that such acts on part of the Indian government depict their frustration. “It is an illegal and terrorist act. It is the height of intolerance the act can’t be justified. Saifullah Khalid is associated with freedom movement and for that reason the land which belongs to his family can’t be snatched away from them,” he said. (CNS)

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