Asks slum dwellers to leave valley; seeks whereabouts of missing Lolab youth
SRINAGAR: Expressing deep displeasure over the absence of local representatives of ruling PDP-BJP alliance from the District Development Board meeting, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Sunday said the board meetings are fast losing credibility due to government’s “non-seriousness”.
According to a statement, Rasheed while speaking during the DDB meeting at Kupwaraon Sunday said, “The absence of Abdul Haq Khan and one hour delay in the commencing of the meeting is a clear indication that all is not well in the government and every member of the ruling alliance wants to be a minister.”
“Those who don’t make it to cabinet feel disappointed and show casual approach during meetings. This non-serious behaviour and approach of public representatives, gives bureaucracy a chance to take political establishment for granted,” Rasheed said. “It seems that Haq Khan could not be persuaded to attend the board meeting which resultedin one hour delay.”
AIP president reiterated his demand to evacuate the non-state subject seasonal slum dwellers from various places they have occupied across the valley. He asked the district administration that how and with whose permission hundreds of families have occupied the state land near deputy commissioner’s office Kupwara.
He asked police and civil administration to evacuate all these “suspicious” families from Kupwara and various other places, or “be prepared to face the public anger over this sensitive issue”.
Rasheed asked government to make the report of magisterial enquiry public which has been recently submitted by ADC Handwara.
“People have a right to know why government failed till date to trace the whereabouts of Manzoor Ahmad Khan of Lolab who was summoned to army camp but never returned back. The custodial disappearance of Manzoor should make government at least feel ashamed,” the independent MLA said, adding, “The cold response by security agencies is unacceptable.”