Hurriyat Conference (m) Back to Basics, Miffed over Various Local Issues



Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing protesting goldsmith in Saraf Kadal in Srinagar.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing protesting goldsmith in Saraf Kadal in Srinagar.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Wednesday termed the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Jammu and Kashmir as an “aggressive ploy to harass and victimize the people”,

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq chaired an APHC-m executive council meeting at its Rajbagh Headquarter today.

“The members said this (NFSA implementation) would further aggravate the problems of the people and cause enormous difficulties to them,” a Hurriyat Conference (m) statement said this evening.

The Hurriyat Conference (m) stressed that if the government does not take serious notice of the problems caused by the implementation of NFSA in Jammu Kashmir and doesn’t act to bring relief to the people’s miseries, “the conglomerate would not remain a mute spectator and would join the people’s agitation on this issue”.

Expressing grave concern over the conversion of agricultural land into concrete jungle of buildings and structures in Kashmir, the conglomerate held government’s wrong policies responsible for this and said the government itself has been ruthlessly carrying construction of official buildings in such lands, violating all norms and laws on the subject, besides purposely turning a blind eye towards the similar constructions carried by general public thus damaging the entire agricultural sector of Kashmir.

During the Executive Council meeting, the APHC-m leaders stressed upon the people of Kashmir to restrain from carrying haphazard construction on their agricultural land and instead focus on cultivating this land and help in making Jammu Kashmir to grow more  food and thereby help in bringing down the import of food grains from outside.

The meeting also delved on the problems faced by the goldsmiths of Kashmir and said the government’s recent policy and decisions regarding this trade can potentially harm this sector of economy and affect the livelihood of thousands of those involved in this trade.

“It was also observed in the meeting that besides safeguarding the interests of the consumers it is imperative upon the government to pay a serious attention to the problems faced by the traders and artisans involved in the sector and save this trade from dying like various other dying crafts and trades of Kashmir,” the statement said.

Earlier APHC-m chief Mirwaiz visited the protesting gold traders at Saraf Kadal Srinagar and expressed his sympathies with them while assuring them of raising his voice in favour of their genuine demands.

The statement added that the amalgam leaders paid glowing tributes to Bilal Ahmad Bhat, who was died in a gunfight with forces at Karimabad Pulwama on Tuesday. “The sacrifices offered for Kashmir by youth like Bilal would be recorded with golden letters in the history of Kashmir and that these sacrifices had played an important role in highlighting Kashmir issue at the international level.”

“Till Kashmir issue remains unresolved, political stability of the region and cordial relations between India and Pakistan would continue to remain a distant dream,” the statement concluded.


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