Hurriyat to organize protests against land lease

Srinagar, Nov 9: Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction) on Thursday announced to organize statewide massive protests against the proposed leasing of state land to non-state subjects by the government....

Srinagar, Nov 9: Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction) on Thursday announced to organize statewide massive protests against the proposed leasing of state land to non-state subjects by the government.
The decision to this effect was taken at an advisory council meeting of the Hurriyat under the chairmanship Syed Ali Shah Geelani. "It is a serious matter. If it is ignored, the coming generations will encounter severe hardships and the history will not forgive us," said a spokesman of the Hurriyat in a statement here.
The Hurriyat, he said, decided to make public its proposed protest programme in a few days on this count. "A delegation of Hurriyat is scheduled to visit Jammu very soon to launch a public awareness campaign there about the matter," said the spokesman.
Reacting to the recent statement by the Indian representative in the UN General Assembly, the Hurriyat termed it a sheer lie, saying that the people of Kashmir have never, through free plebiscite, decided to live with India. He alleged that the Indian representative had intentionally tried to distort history by telling a lie as big as Himalaya.
The spokesman said all assembly elections that have been held so far in the state were meant for electing representatives only to run the administration and these elections had no effect on the status of Kashmir issue. "These elections cannot be in any way the substitute to the plebiscite," he said.
"Pandit Nehru in a letter to president of Pakistan on March 5, 1954 had stated that the state assembly could not take any decision with regard to Kashmir issue. This was also repeated in the UN Security Council," said the spokesman.

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