India making Kashmir institutions redundant: Mirwaiz
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