IOK regime flayed for allowing Kausarnag as yatra spot

SRINAGAR, (SANA): Pro-freedom leaders and organizations, while denouncing the authorities’ decision to declare Kausarnag as Hindu pilgrimage spot, have condemned the use of indiscriminate force by Indian police and troops in Kulgam and Shopian against the demonstrators, who were peacefully protesting against the move.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was detained in Kothi Bagh Police Station in Srinagar, condemning the decision, said that the Indian government was destabilizing the already fragile ecology of occupied Kashmir through religious aggression. “The new controversy created about Kausarnag is a conspiracy to divide people of Kashmir in the name of so-called yatras. These new yatras are not only politically motivated but will have also disastrous effects on already deteriorating ecology of Kashmir,” he added.

The JKLF Chairman said that the way India and its puppets in the territory had started religious aggression in the name of new yatras and journeys to prolong Indian illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir was extremely regrettable and would be resisted tooth and nail. “When some Hindus fanatics in Jammu were blocking the medicine and milk for our children and sick people, Kashmiris provided food and shelter to Amaranth yatris and protected them from every hardship,” he stated.

The APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar, expressing concern over designating Kausarnag as a new yatra destination, said that by doing so, the authorities had acted in haste to appease Hindu extremist elements. He expressed surprise that some elements had all of a sudden discovered Kausarnag as a pilgrimage site.

“The Hurriyet Conference has always been a strong advocate of communal harmony and pleading for the return of Kashmiri Pandits. There are some powerful non-state communal elements who want to spoil the centuries-old communal amity of Kashmir,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, APHC leaders including Zafar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmad Mir and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza also strongly condemned the decision, saying that New Delhi was systematically destroying the ecology and environment of occupied Kashmir.

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May 2021