Geelani adamant on Dogra Certificate revocation
REJECTS NEW DELHI’S MOVE TO RESOLVE ISSUE
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Srinagar, Apr 23: Unimpressed by the Government of India’s move to tackle the Dogra Certificate controversy, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday stressed for immediate revocation of the controversial order.
Pertinently, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday had made some relaxations in eligibility rules for recruitment in Central Armed Forces for all sections of the people in Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier, the State Government’s order to issue Dogra Certificate to the people of Jammu including Muslims for facilitating their recruitment in Central Armed Forces had triggered a major controversy with Geelani giving an ultimatum to either revoke the order by April 30 or face a peaceful agitation.
Unfazed by Ministry of Home Affairs move, Geelani reiterated his demand seeking revocation of the order. “In presence of state subject, there is no need of any relaxations or new certificate to the people of the Valley. In the wake of fresh order on the issue by the Ministry of Home Affairs, I want to maintain that Jammu and Kashmir is not like any other Indian State like Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland, but it is a disputed region. Its affairs which are very sensitive and unique in nature, can’t be compared in any way with other states,” Geelani said in a statement.
Geelani accused New Delhi of hatching conspiracies to “erode the dispute nature and special status of JK and bring it at par with other states.”
“As part of these conspiracies, the nomenclature of Prime Minister and Sadr-e-Riyasat of JK was eroded and changed into Chief Minister and Governor respectively. Since then, New Delhi has been leaving no stone unturned to give legitimacy to its rule,” he said.
Elaborating, Geelani said that no politician in Centre or State had questioned the need for Dogra Certificate in presence of State Subject. “We want to know what were the special benefits or concessions that had some legal or constitutional fault to achieve through State Subject and which could now be obtained with the help of Dogra Certificate?,” he said.
“In the backdrop of these hard realities, we are justified to show our concern over the issue of Dogra Certificate which is very serious matter. The objective of the Certificate is to wipe out the identity of Muslims in the State. By branding the Muslims as Dogras, the Government wants to disturb the brotherhood and communal harmony of people of Jammu and Kashmir. We want to reiterate the conglomerate’s demand to immediately revoke the controversial order I impress upon the State Government to shun its rigid stand and desist from lingering the issue,” he said.
“The conglomerate stands for peace in the state. But the Indian policy makers are bent upon to disturb peace to satiate their vested interests of hampering the development and prosperity of people of the State,” Geelani added.
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Lastupdate on : Sat, 23 Apr 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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