In­dia mak­ing Kash­mir in­sti­tu­tions re­dun­dant: Mir­waiz

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—The Chair­man of his own Hur­riyet fo­rum, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq has said that New Delhi is mak­ing in­sti­tu­tions of the ter­ri­tory re­dun­dant.

Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq was re­act­ing to the In­dian Supreme Court rul­ing, which held that In­dian states in­clud­ing oc­cu­pied Kash­mir can­not con­duct their own en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion for med­i­cal cour­ses. “In­dia is try­ing to make our in­sti­tu­tions re­dun­dant,” he told me­dia per­sons af­ter chair­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil meet­ing of his fo­rum in Srinagar. “New Delhi wants to con­trol all the in­sti­tu­tions of the ter­ri­tory,” he said.

He said that the en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion un­der the In­dian in­sti­tu­tion Na­tional El­i­gi­bil­ity and En- trance Test (NEET) was “not only in­jus­tice to lo­cal stu­dents but also a ploy to weaken the Kash­mir’s con­trol over its ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, thus af­fect­ing the rights of peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir to run their pro­fes­sional in­sti­tu­tions.” He termed NEET as a se­ri­ous is­sue be­cause the ter­ri­tory is be­ing weak­ened con­tin­u­ously un­der a wellplanned strat­egy with a ne­far­i­ous de­sign.

“Jammu and Kash­mir is an in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­cepted dis­pute and ren­der­ing its in­sti­tu­tions pow­er­less and hand­ing their con­trol over to In­dia is be­ing de­lib­er­ately done to af­fect Kash­mir’s dis­puted na­ture,” the Mir­waiz said. He also termed the state­ments of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties on the plan of set­ting up colonies for re­tired In­dian sol­dier as mis­lead­ing. “This is a very se­ri­ous is­sue hav­ing far-reach­ing con­se­quences,” he added.

It was re­vealed in the meet­ing that on April 16, 2015, in a meet­ing of Sainik Board at Gover­nor House, the sec­re­tary RSB (Ra­jya Sainik Board) in­formed the mem­bers that Di­vi­sional Com­mis­sioner, Kash­mir, had agreed for al­lot­ment of 173 Kanal land at old Air field area for the sol­dier colony. “But af­ter the num­ber of as­pi­rants in­creased, the RSB sought 350 Kanal land from the ad­min­is­tra­tion in its re­vised pro­posal which is now pend­ing be­fore the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned. The meet­ing was at­tended by Pro­fes­sor Ab­dul Ghani Butt, Maulana Mas­roor Ab­bas An­sari, Muham­mad Mu­sadiq Adil and Mukhtar Ah­mad Waza.

Mean­while, Jammu and Kash­mir Na­tional Front Chair­man and APHC leader, Nay­eem Ah­mad Khan ad­dress­ing a party meet­ing in Srinagar said that ev­ery In­dian in­sti­tu­tion in­clud­ing Supreme Court had al­ways been showed bi­as­ness to­wards Kash­miri peo­ple. He termed es­tab­lish­ment of sol­dier colonies and sep­a­rate zones for Pan­dits as part of a wicked In­dian plan. He said that New Delhi and its lo­cal col­lab­o­ra­tors were pur­su­ing the pol­icy of di­lut­ing the dis­puted sta­tus of Jammu and Kash­mir.

Jammu and Kash­mir Me­haz-e-Azadi at a meet­ing chaired by its Pres­i­dent, Muham­mad Iqbal Mir in Srinagar also ex­pressed con­cern over es­tab­lish­ment of sol­dier colonies in the ter­ri­tory. JKLF-R Pa­tron, Bar­ris­ter Ab­dul Ma­jeed Tram­boo in his state­ment said that pro-In­dia politi­cians were hand in glow with their masters in Delhi and were hatch­ing con­spir­acy against de­mog­ra­phy of the ter­ri­tory.

Hur­riyet leader Ab­dul Hameed Lone in a state­ment is­sued in Islamabad said that BJP-led In­dian govern­ment in col­lu­sion with its pup­pet regime wanted to ab­ro­gate Ar­ti­cles 370 and 35-A of the In­dian con­sti­tu­tion to pave the way for de­mog­ra­phy change in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir.—KMS

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