Civil society group questions Panchayat elections

Civil society group questions Panchayat elections
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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee on Tuesday questioned the decision to hold Panchayat elections in the state stating that it was meant to hoodwink public opinion from the ground realities in Kashmir .
The committee also cautioned about the use of judiciary in attempts to abrogate the constitutional protection to special status of J&K.
Addressing a press conference here, Advocate Mir Javid, one of the members of the committee said that the decision to hold Panchayat elections was absurd in light of the “explosively dangerous within the state and on the borders”
“The government is not able to hold by-polls in the Anantnag parliamentary constituency, how come the Panchayat elections could be held,” he said adding that this is a futile exercise in which neither people are interested nor will it serve any purpose, “except it may head to another phase of escalation of violence”.
Javid alleged that the Indian authorities have initiated a reign of terror in the valley to change the demography and deprive the majority community from their basic rights.
Condemning the recent killings in Shopian in which two civilians were killed the coordination committee demanded a judicial probe headed by a sitting High Court Judge.
Warning about attempts to abrogate special status, Deputy Grand Mufti Nasir-Ul-Islam, spokesperson of the committee said that the supreme court of India have dismissed the petitions pending before it decades ago. “Therefore we caution the people of Jammu and Kashmir about this conspiracy hatched by Sangh Parivaar” he said.
Javid added that the government of India was hell bent on crushing the economy of J&K and plunder the economic resources including water resources.
“The natural wealth is illegally and unlawfully drained by government of India through its instrumentalities particularly through NHPC, which has taken control of our water resources and is earning yearly profit of 74,000 crores” said Javid.
Mufti Nasir-ul islam said that that unemployment of the youth and impact of GST on the state economy are grave concerns which are eating up our economical vitals.
“The state economy is totally shattered and the people are totally in deep distress,” he said adding that the recent state budget has nothing to offer to the poor people and the business.
The committee demanded the power projects be handed over to the state and the royalty of Indus water treaty be also paid.
Mufti Nasir-Ul-Islam, advocate Mir Javid, Abdul Khaliq Hanief executive member of the Muslim Personal Law Board of Jammu and Kashmir and, president of Taraqqi Haq of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Ashraf were also present in the press conference.

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