Will Not Allow Settlement of Retired Army Men in Valley: Hurriyat (g)



Out rightly rejecting the plans of Government of India to settle retired army personnel or their children in Jammu & Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyat Conference led by octogenarian Syed Ali Geelani Saturday said that Jammu Kashmir is an “internationally accepted disputed territory and the decision for its future is still pending so the settling or allotting of land to any army personnel or any citizen of India is the clear violation of the international rules which has no constitutional or moral justification”.

“Jammu & Kashmir is not any legal part of Indian like the states of Bihar, UP or the Maharashtra and its status is totally different from them. Issuing the citizenship of this state to any Indian national is totally against the state constitution and the Indian government is not authorized to amend the state constitution,” the Hurriyat amalgam said this evening.

“The Hurriyat Conference had called an important meeting of its advisory council (Majlis Shoora) on 22 July on this serious and vital issue in which Hurriyat Conference cautioned the government that we will not allow this plan to succeed and if any land is allotted to any Indian army personal in Jammu & Kashmir, we will launch a movement against that,” the statement said.

Terming the attitude of the Mufti government on this issue as “ambiguous and suspicious”, Hurriyat (g) said, “the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that he had sent directions to the state government in Srinagar on 16 July for taking appropriate action in the allotment of the state land to the former Indian army personnel but Mufti Sayeed government is still to say anything about that order and nor has he refuted or supported it. Hurriyat conference addressed the Mufti Sayeed that he should clear the stand of the state government on this sensitive issue before the general public that are they going to accept this unconstitutional order of Indian Defence Minister or will they protect the state constitution?” the statement further said adding, “permanent settlement of former Indian army personnel is an attempt to harm the special status and disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir and the people of the state will not allow any such plan to succeed.”

Hurriyat (g) said that it has decided to consult law experts and people related to every walk of life and have agreed to “mobilize public consensus in this regard”. “Hurriyat also appealed the world bodies to play their role in stopping India from these kinds of dangerous activities.”

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