India politicising yatra issue in IHK: Azam Inqilabi
Srinagar, February 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chief Patron of Mahaz-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi, has said that, on one side, India is talking about continuation of serious dialogue process with Pakistan, but on the other, it is using cultural aggression in the occupied territory.
Muhammad Azam Inqilabi in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the increase in duration of Amarnath Yatra by Amarnath Shrine Board and said that India was politicising the simple religious activity. He pointed out that in the past 20 to 25 thousand Yatris used to come to the territory but during the past few years their number had been increased manifold, which was affecting the ecology of the area around the Amarnath Shrine.
The APHC leader rejecting the Yatra schedule announcement by the Hindu Shrine Board said that Kashmir was not a colony of India.
Meanwhile, an independent member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Rasheed, also criticized the Shrine Board’s decision to increase the duration of Amarnath Yatra by 18 days.
In a statement he said that it was the environmental experts, civil society members and other well-meaning institutions demanding that duration of Yatra should be cut down for various reasons.
“Worst enemies of Kashmiris and even communal forces have always been confessing that Kashmir’s majority community has offered whole-hearted support to the Yatra under all circumstances. But it is unfortunate that hidden hands often want to keep one issue or the other on the boil with regards to Yatra,” he maintained.
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