In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that India was introducing one after another laws after August 2019 to accelerate the process of demographic change in the territory.
The forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said, after the introduction of domicile law, new diktats are being issued to usurp the land and livelihood of the people. Changing the demographic structure of Kashmir is against the UN resolutions on Kashmir and international law, the statement added.
“A few days back, India made an amendment to the Control of Building Operations Act, providing a special dispensation for carrying out construction activities and acquisition of land in strategic areas by the armed forces,” the forum said.
“Another order was issued yesterday to further facilitate this process under which the occupational forces would no longer require No Objection Certificate (NOC) from authorities for land acquisition,” it added.
The forum said that the arbitrary arrests and detentions of people continued unabated across the occupied territory.
It mentioned the arrest of Anjuman Islamia Chief Prevaiz Ahmed Sheikh under sedition in Doda district and a post graduate student Aqib Malik of Kashmir University.
It said that at a time when COVID-19 pandemic was at its full swing and Eidul Azha was round the corner, the authorities instead of releasing prisoners continued with such inhuman policy.—KMS