SRINAGAR: Reacting to the media reports about the state government handing over land to the army in Ladakh, chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Saturday said it is New Delhi’s “another attempt to strengthen the illegal occupation by military might”.
Malik, in a statement issued here, said the move would worsen the already-fragile ecological balance in the state.
“Jammu and Kashmir is a forest-land area where in glaciers, water reservoirs, forests, and pastures have been damaged by the presence of more than one million military troops,” he said.
“Dumping more and more ammunition, explosives, and arms and settling further troops in this ecologically-fragile land is against the interests of humanity,” he said. Malik said J&K cannot be overrun by such actions. The international community and forums working for the safeguard of forest lands, water reservoirs, and environmental stability, should take a serious note of this “new military intrusion of India in Ladakh”, he said. JKLF chief said Kashmiris oppose “such illegal military occupational attempts” and will strive against all these measures on all fronts.