Jammu & Kashmir

Giving exclusive powers to army to ‘occupy land’ in JK is by no means a healthy sign, says G A Mir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Saturday said that the Government of India’s move to give exclusive powers to Army to “occupy land” in the erstwhile state of JK is by no means a healthy sign.

Mir, while addressing the media persons in Srinagar after attending the function at party headquarters said that the Congress opposes the move to give exclusive powers to the Army.

“When in a democratic country the defence forces are in support of the civil administration, but here indications are that we are under the direct control of the Army, though we are not against the Army,” he said adding that we have spoken out against such steps time and again.

“Such Indications are in no way healthy for a democratic setup,” Mir said.

Answering a question about Congress staying away from People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, Mir said that till now only meetings have taken place between the alliance members, no concrete step towards the objective has been taken so far.

“On the day when the second meeting was held, I was informed just 3 hours prior to the scheduled time, plus I was not in the town on the said date,” he said.

Clearing his stand about the Alliance, Mir said: “We are with basic principles, which forced a formation of non-BJP parties against the unparliamentary and unconstitutional decisions that took place on 5th August 2019.”

“We are with the basic principles of the Gupkar Alliance, but not with the grammar used sometimes by the Alliance members about the nation,” he added.

Commenting on recently announced JK land law by the government of India Mir said: “The announcement of the law is against the assurances given by the ruling party on the floor of the Parliament that there will be no change in the demography of the state.”

“This is backstabbing for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Congress condemns it,” he said.

People across all the 22 districts of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir are united against this law and Congress is committed to working for its ‘Go Back’ from a united platform.

(Syndicated feed from KDC)


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