Property rights to outsiders dangerous: Nayeem Khan
Srinagar, Sep 26: Terming the proposed legislation for extending property rights to slum dwellers in the state as a deep-rooted conspiracy, senior separatist leader and chairman of National Front, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Monday warned the state government against passing the law.
Addressing a news conference here, Nayeem said such law was a matter of grave concern for the state subjects.
“There was no slum population in JK before 1947 and they (slum dwellers) are not the state subjects. It is shocking that Cabinet has approved the legislation for tabling it in the assembly and if they pass it, another round of agitation like 2008 is inevitable,” he said. He added that pro-freedom camp will not behave mute spectator to the proposed bill aimed at “alteration of demography” in the state. “If they have to settle non-locals then they should rehabilitate them beyond Lakhanpur,” he said.
Khan, who addressed media first time after 2008, said arbitrary arrests of youth were continuing in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The government is resorting to unprovoked arrests to break the will and resolve of our youngsters. They are ruining career of our students by putting them behind the bars,” he said. “Our younger generation is growing with a strong sense of revenge and it will not be possible for any power to crush them. Their random arrests, repression and torture in custody will only be harbinger of a renewed and re-energized resistance,” Khan said.
Terming arrests as ‘lucrative industry’ for police, Khan said they are seeking hefty amounts of money from youths’ families for releasing them.
“Court orders are also being openly violated here by different agencies,” he said.
He also released a list of the detainees serving imprisonment in different jails of the state and outside. The list includes Kashmiris sentenced to death, 20 years and life imprisonment by different courts.
Nayeem Ahmed Khan also called for an impartial international probe in the unmarked graves discovered in the state.
“Do not call them only unmarked graves, but they are also mass graves as more than one body is buried in them. The State Human Rights Commission has admitted presence of more than 2000 graves in north Kashmir. These graveyards exist everywhere in the state including Rajouri, Poonch, Doda and Kishtwar,” he said, adding that there should be investigation in the erstwhile torture chambers and ‘concentration camps’ of the state for tracing the unmarked graves.
“The perpetrators of this heinous crime should be punished by International Court of Justice and War Tribunal,” he said.
Asking New Delhi to read the ‘writing on the wall,’ Khan said it has no alternative than to resolve Kashmir if it wants to play a major global role.
“This is Asia’s century and India cannot play a main role in global affairs without resolving Kashmir issue,” he said.
He said international community is talking about the resolution of Kashmir due to the sacrifices rendered by masses over the past 20 years.
“It is due to blood of martyrs that entire world including European Union, Organization of Islamic Cooperation are stressing for resolution of Kashmir,” he added.
The NF chairman also warned New Delhi of ‘serious ramifications’ if the Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru is hanged.
“Afzal was not given fair trial and his hanging would have serious repercussions,” he said.
Hailing the contribution of media persons, Khan said they had also bore brunt of State atrocities.
“During 2008 and 2010, media persons also faced wrath of the forces while discharging their professional duties,” he said.
He also accused government of choking space for political activities and dissent.
“They are not allowing us to carry our political activities by putting us behind the bars and house detention,” he said.