Biodiversity, livelihood of people in IIOJK under threat: Masood

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Our Correspondent
Muzaffarabad

President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan on Saturday said that at a time when the world was celebrating World Environment Day, India is intentionally destroying the fragile ecosystem in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In a message on the occasion of World Environment Day, the AJK President said that Kashmir is distinctive in the world due to its beautiful forests, lush green valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and biodiversity of flora and fauna.

But unfortunately, the one million occupation army of India is busy building cantonments and military garrisons by relentlessly destroying the forests, polluting the rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

“IIOJK’s coniferous forests, wetlands, rivers, glaciers, lakes are all under threat due to the rapacious exploitation of the fragile ecosystems and massive land grab by the Indian occupation authorities. UNEP should declare it as an environmental disaster zone,” he demanded.

Sardar Masood pointed out that currently most of the forests and mountains of Occupied territory are under the control of the Indian Army where the occupying forces are not only clearing the forests to build military camps but also using forest timber for cooking and heating purpose massively, leading to a serious environmental crisis in the region.