South Kashmir turned into army garrison: Rasheed

Published at February 18, 2018 12:57 AM 0Comment(s)4068views

South Kashmir turned into army garrison: Rasheed

Irfan Yattoo


MLA Langate and AIP chief Er Rasheed Saturday said that government has made South Kashmir as army garrison by establishing new army camps in the area.
Rashid said this while holding a protest demonstration in press enclave along with inhabitants of Jablipora against the establishment of army camp in playfield of the village.
Protesters holding placards in their hands were chanting slogans demanding removal of army camp from the village.
MLA said despite lofty claims of demilitarization by the Mehbooba-led government and on the other side, they are establishing new army camps in the residential areas.
Protestors as a mark of protest burned cricket equipment and said that if the ground is occupied by army, where the youth will go for sports and other activities.
Engineer said that the solution of Kashmir lies in demilitarization and not by establishing army camps.
Work of army is to safe borders not to occupy playfields of villagers, he said.
“They should shift these army camps to Akhnoor and Sunjuwan where they need them more and to avoid militant attacks,” Rasheed said.
On Kathua rape and murder incident of 8-year girl, MLA Langate lashed out at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah for their tweets.
They should act against guilty people apart from their tweets.
Hallow tweets would not work, CM should wake from deep slumber,” he said.
He said people in Kathua used Indian tri-color to defend the murderers and rapists.
“It has happened the first time that the fanatic elements have dared to do such a shameful act.”
How can raping an eight-year girl and then murdering her be an act of nationalism, he questioned, adding that these people should put behind the bars and slap them with Public Safety Act (PSA).
Rasheed said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi on one side is running a campaign of "Khelo India" and on other side is establishing new army camps in the playfields of Kashmir which is not justified.
However, inhabitants alleged that army has occupied the playfield despite the fact that there are already two camps existing in the area.
They also threatened of blocking the highway saying that, "If the government did not shift army camp established in the playfield, they will block the national highway."
“We will not tolerate the establishment of army camp in our playfields and residential areas and we will fight back till government would not revoke its orders," said a local resident.
The local residents along with Rasheed gave an “ultimatum” of one week to the state government to shift the army camp from the area otherwise “they will not be responsible for the consequences”.
Protestors said despite assurances from the higher authorities the ground was not vacated and these decisions are unacceptable by and they compelled to come on roads.


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