Drop bill on slum dwellers: Hurriyat (G) to Govt

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday asked the government to drop the proposed bill granting property rights to slum dwellers in the state.
“The government should publicly announce shelving of this bill aimed at permanently settling the slum dwellers in the state,” the Hurriyat said in a statement after a meeting of its Advisory Council here chaired by its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
The state government last week cleared a bill for tabling in the Assembly, which provides for granting property rights to the people living in slums of the state.
Hurriyat warned of serious consequences if the government did not announce to shelve its plan of settling the slum dwellers in the state.
“Like Israel, New Delhi is trying to evict the Kashmiris from their land to tamper with the majority population ratio of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said, adding that; “No original resident of Jammu Kashmir is living in Jhuggis in any part of the state. All those living in Jhuggis here are from other states. They have forcibly occupied the land at various places in Jammu and Kashmir and there is no justification for settling them permanently in the state. Any attempt to settle them would be a sheer violation of Article-370, about which the pro-India political parties are blowing the trumpet during election campaigns. Under Article-370 no Indian resident can settle himself permanently in Jammu and Kashmir.”
The spokesman alleged the outsiders living in slums in Jammu and Kashmir had given rise to several social evils and moral degradations in the state. “The slum dwellers are indulging in flesh-trade and dealing in alcohol and narcotic drugs,” it said.
The advisory council meeting, which was attended by the heads and representatives of Peoples’ Freedom League, Democratic Political Movement, Muslim League, Peoples’ League, Muslim Conference, Tehreek-e-Wahahadat-e-Islami and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, also discussed other issues including discovery of unmarked graves, Geelani’s continued house arrest and non-release of political prisoners.
Rejecting the government’s proposal to set up Truth and Reconciliation Commission to look into the matter of unmarked graves, the Hurriyat demanded that the matter should be probed by some international investigating agency.
The meeting also expressed serious concern over the falling health of incarcerated pro-freedom political leaders including Asiya Andrabi, Peer Saifullah, Masrat Alam Bhat, Gen Musa, Raja Meraj-ud-Din, Amir-i-Hamza and Imtiyaz Hyder, asking the jail authorities to provide proper media aid to them.

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