Gujjars seek Antony’s intervention
‘Revoke Restrictions On Seasonal Migration’
Jammu Apr 23: Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation- a frontal organization of tribes--- on Monday urged Defence Minister A K Antony, to revoke all orders restricting nomads to migrate seasonally.
In a letter signed by Gujjar dignitaries addressed to Union Minister the tribe urged for free movement of all migratory communities to the areas belonging to them since centuries.
Giving details about the letter Dr Javaid Rahi, Secretary Tribal Foundation said that they written a detailed letter to Defence Minister to restore all pastures and Dhoks bared for the tribes located on Line of Control , Indo Pakistan International Border and Ladakh areas since 1990 onwards.
“In view of Firing on Indo-Pak Border and militancy the forces in J&K had restricted the entry of Gujjars Bakerwals in few dhoks and pastures located near border in district like Poonch, Rajouri, Jammu , Kathua, Barmamulla, Kupwara, Bandipur , Kargil and Leh districts. All such orders should be revoked immediately as the Gujjars and Bakerwals have suffered a great loss to their lifestyle, economy and tribal culture,” the letter reads.
“Since November 25, 2003 when ceasefire came into force between India and Pakistan the tension reduced and now this is the right time to allow tribals to move freely in their traditional areas located in Ladakh and on International border,” it states.
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Lastupdate on : Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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