President, Jammu Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP), Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday welcomed the amendment to the new ‘domicile order’ reserving all groups of jobs—Gazetted and non-Gazetted— for J&K residents. Bukhari, however, pledged to continue JKAP efforts “to get the domicile order revisited in its entirety to remove the remaining loopholes till it satisfies the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” a party handout said.
Extending gratitude to Union Home Minster Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the JKAP president said “their personal intervention has made the much needed amendments to domicile law possible in a very short span of time”.
“I highly appreciate the Home Minister and the National Security Advisor for understanding the genuine reservations put forth by the people of J&K vis-à-vis the new order defining domicile law in the matter of employment for Jammu and Kashmir. Their timely intervention made the requisite safeguards possible,” he said.
Conveying his deep gratitude to the people, especially the youth of Jammu and Kashmir for “uniting behind the same cause for the first time in the recent history”, Bukhari said: “By this exemplary gesture, the youth of both regions of Jammu and Kashmir have ensured the domicile right on jobs is an exclusive privilege which cannot be shared with non natives.”
“The spirit and show of unity by the people in contesting the shortcomings in new domicile order should continue till this law is reframed as per our collective aspirations,” Bukhari said.
The JKAP president avowed to continue his party’s struggle till the other “hostile sections” in the law like mandatory tenure for non-natives to reside in J&K and cut off dates to qualify for the domicile, are “rectified” as per the demands of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Let me assure the people that our party would continue with its efforts to get this law revisited in its entirety especially with regard to the qualifying period for domicile and eligibility criteria determined for the non residents of J&K,” he added.
Bukhari appealed all the political parties to “rise to the occasion and jointly fight” for the rights of residents of Jammu and Kashmir. “We can have differences with each other on political grounds but I think it is not an appropriate time for mudslinging on each other. Let us rise to the challenge and jointly fight for the rights of the people of J&K leaving behind egos and politics and ensure that the avoidable deprivation is not allowed to lead to further alienation of our youth,” Bukhari in the statement said.