‘Never talked about macadamization’

Government Diverting Focus From Real Issue: Hurriyat (G)

AMARNATH TRACK CONTROVERSY

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Nov 1: The Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani Thursday described the aerial tour of a group of journalists to Amarnath cave shrine as a “move to divert the attention” from the real issue and stated that the party “never talked about the macadamization of road or construction of a concrete structure.”
In a statement here, a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said the party had conducted a survey of the road from Chandanwari in Pahalgam and taken pictures that proved construction material was being dumped in the area. “Taking a group of journalists to Baltal is a move to shift focus and attention from the real issue. We never talked about macadamization of road, neither did we say that concrete structures are being constructed,” the spokesman said.
He said the pictures showed that ahead of Chandanwari area in Pahalgam, the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board was dumping the material for construction of concrete structures. “We suspected that in future, the road may be widened in a phased-manner,” the spokesman read.
The Hurriyat spokesman, however, said it sticks to the fact that the management of conducting the Amarnath Yatra should be handed over to Kashmiri Pandits.
“We also stick to our demand that the duration of Yatra should be curtailed,” he said.
The spokesman alleged that the government in a “well-planned manner” is trying to divert the attention from the main issue by stating that no road is being macadamized. “This way, the government is befooling people,” he said, adding, “There is no response from the government as far as the basic demands of the Hurriyat (G) are concerned. Government is just following the diktats from New Delhi.”
The Hurriyat (G) spokesman said “it was secondary whether the road was being macadamized or not.” “What is important is that the demands put forth by the amalgam four years ago continue to remain unaddressed. There is no response from New Delhi as for as our basic demands are concerned,” the spokesman said.
The statement read that Hurriyat (G) wants that the government should not create “State within the State” in the name of Shrine Board. “We believe that any move aimed at creating state within the state will adversely affect the historic importance of Kashmir issue and we can’t tolerate any such move,” the statement read.
The Hurriyat (G) said the party believes that keeping the pilgrimage on for months together followed by 50 percent increase in the pilgrims would lead to a “murder of environment, forests and water resources.” “If serious steps are not taken to address these factors, the State will face shortage of drinking water in next 20 years,” the statement read.
The party said the move can also make the agricultural land barren.
“The party is trying to mobilize the people on these serious issues by launching a massive awareness program. We are also consulting various sections of society and forest and environment experts. The issue is not a simple one but it pertains to the life of Kashmiris,” the statement said.
The Hurriyat (G) further said since the party represents majority of people in J&K, it can’t compromise with the responsibilities. “We will continue to condemn the nefarious designs of Government of India,” the statement added.
Pertinently the Hurriyat response comes a day after the state government took a group of journalists on an aerial tour to the Amarnath cave route in a bid to show them the “actual picture” of the road.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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