“It is a matter of great shame for the nation which calls itself secular, that a land of about 800 acres can not be given for construction of temporary sheds for the Amarnath pilgrims at Baltal in Kashmir province of Jammu and Kashmir state. The political leaders of valley have been exploiting the issue just to fulfill their political motives and have been playing with the beliefs of millions of Hindu’s living in and outside India.
We would like to bring a fact to your notice that The Forest Minister in the Cabinet was from the PDP, a coalition partner in the government. Yet they (the PDP) refused to accept responsibility for the joint decision (of allocating forest land to set up temporary structures for facilities for Hindu pilgrims during the Amarnath Yatra). The PDP (which is led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) played electoral politics of the lowest kind by hitching its voice to the Hurriyat objections, and pulled out of the government And above that Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad (who held the post of Chief Minister) revoked the land order back while his government was in minority.
Moreover, when Islamia Univ was to be constructed at Rajouri and Kashmir, the state govt gave them forest land and that too free of cost. But the Amarnath Trust was told to pay 2.5 crores of rupees for constructing temporary sheds during the months of Yatra.
Respected madam, we would like to put another fact in front of you that the city of Jammu has been burning since last one month. The JKP (Jammu & Kashmir Police) has been continuously beating up peaceful protesters and killed two of them by opening firing on a procession. I request you to take necessary steps so that peace be restored in this state and land be given back to the Amarnath Trust.”
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Adding fuel to fire…..
Muslims to build Jamia Masjid at Baltal?
The Amarnath land row, which has put the entire region of J&K on the boil for over a month, is all set to become serious with the Muslim community planning to build a huge Jamia Masjid inside the Baltal camp. Lakhs of rupees have been collected..
YES, THE controversy over the construction of concrete structures at Baltal by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) is all set to become serious with the revelation that the Muslim community of the area will construct a huge Jamia Masjid exactly at the campsite at Baltal. In a press release, the Jammu and Kahsmir Peace Movement (JKPM) expressed grave concern over the development while on the other hand, Kashmiri Muslims said that construction of any kind at the site would pose the biggest threat to ecology. Meanwhile, they are in the process of constructing a huge Mosque inside the Baltal campsite where pilgrims camp. The issue, which has put the entire State on the boil with the twin regions burning for over a month now is set to get worse with this new revelation likely to add fuel to the fire.
A press note issued by Krishan Koul, chairman of the J&K Peace Movement, expressing his grave concern over the recent statements by some political forces of the State, added that the construction of Jamia Masjid inside the campsite with the help of local contractor Shajan and his brother at Baltal was a ploy to create another controversy and damage the secular fabric of the State. Supporting his argument with recent photographs of the site, Koul said that while interacting with the locals of the area, one Bashir Ahmed told them that the construction of the Jamia Masjid would start once the Yatra was over and lakhs of rupees had already been collected for the said construction. Koul has requested the administration to take serious note of this development to avoid another controversy, which might pose more problems to it.