March 2001 News

Farooq Mir, Akhoon lambast Centre for showing soft corner towards Hurriyat

14 March 2001
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: Though the Finance Minister, Mr Abdul Rahim Rather has tried to please every body in his budget for year 2001-2002 presented in State Assembly on March 12, yet he has to face an embarrassing situation in the Assembly today when his own Party member Syeed Akhoon opposed it saying that budget has nothing for people. Participating on the budget discussions, Akhoon said there is nothing to gain popularity in this budget. What kind of budget it is he wanted to know as no new schemes of development has been proposed in it. Making a scathing attack on Centre for delaying the approval to last yearís annual plan, Akhoon said we have always been deceived by the Centre. "They have always made promises with us but then backtrackted", he added. Urging his Government not to make any compromise on development of the state and follow the principal of former Chief Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, he said Sheikh Abdullah had never made any compromise in this regard. He said all the bridges, buildings and schools have been constructed in the State during his period. Lashing out at Centreís Kashmir policy, Akhoon said the person who admitted publicly that he had killed four airforce personnel was provided free aircraft for USA. He said the Hurriyat Conference leader Abdul Gani Lone who has once said that 370 be thrown into the sea and the Syeed Ali Shah Geelani who is advocating for Kashmirís merger with Pakistan have been provided security. Pointing towards opposition BJP members, Akhoon said "what do you think that you have included Omer Abdullah in Central ministry as Minister of State. What is Minister of State? We can tomorrow make him Deputy Chief Minister in J&K he asserted. He maintained that it was the Central Government that persuaded Farooq Abdullah in 1996 to participate in the elections during 1996. It made promises with us but did not fulfill them. Condemning the Centreís role towards the Jammu and Kashmir, MLA Banihal, Farooq Ahmed Mir lashed out at NDA Government for having soft corner towards the Hurriyat leaders who have become a challenge to national unity and integrity. He wanted to know why Centre has shown favour towards Hurriyat and if it (Centre) is afraid of its policies then we too can adopt those policies, he warned. He said yesterday when people were gluing their TV Sets to know about the budget details , they were surprised to see Prof Gani Bhat and Abdul Gani Lone Hurriyat leaders who were asked to select their leader to meet UN Secretary General, Cofi Annan. Farooq Mir said Abdul Gani Lone who threatened Indiaís integrity was given special planes to travel Pakistan to participate in the marriage ceremony of his son which has been arranged with daughter of JKLF chief Amanullah Khan. He said contrary to it when we the Indian nationals have to perform our marriage (Shadi) here we have to seek permission from the police. He while opposing the budget apprehended that it will fail to fulfill the aspirations of the people as Centre will again ditch the State Government. The MLA wanted to know what Government with two third majority has done over last four years in building the damaged infrastructure. He said what for the Government is here when it says after four years that we do not get funds. He while expressing concern over growing corruption and involvement of politicians in scams said the politicians found guilty whether belonging to Congress, BJP or any other party should be hanged at Red Fort. He warned the Hurriyat that no body will support it if guns falls silent in Kashmir tomorrow. Lambasting at Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone for stating that NC workers were working for security forces he said how the Hurriyat leader can say this now when he himself was with NC and Congress for a long time. He challenged Mr Lone to organise a congregation of Kashmiris at Iqbal Park and announce publicly what transpired between him and Pak military ruler Gen Pervez Musharaf in Pakistan recently. Mr Lone should tell the people when Musharaf is leaving them free , he said sarcastically. "Lone ko logoon ko kehna chahiyee keh Musharaf kab tak uneh azad karay ga". He reminded Hurriyat leaders that they squeezed our funds when we demanded autonomy. Hailing the budget, the NC chief whip Mubarak Gul said we have collected 50 percent more tax which is a good sign. Even we have collected the tax of militancy period against the wishes of the people, he added. Gul asked the legislators to show more maturity and be above communal, cast and regional considerations. He said no doubt the revenue generation from Kashmir has received a set back during the militancy period but the situation will improve. He however urged the Finance Minister that Government should pay more attention for revival of industry in the State which was hit during over decade long militancy. He also demanded loans for unemployed youth be given through self employment schemes and stressed on energizing of Self Employment Department. Taking Centre to task for its alleged discriminative attitude towards the J&K Peerzada Abdul Rashid said it appears that Centre is not yet sure whether to keep J&K with it or not. He said despite limited resources the budget presented by Finance Minister in the Assembly is praise worthy and stressed on giving much attention towards the education, health and employment generation. NCís Jagjivan Lal also hailed the budget saying that a good budget is that which reduces expenses and increases income. He said the deficit has been decreased in this budget and stressed on promotion of tourist places like Mansar and Surinsar in Jammu. He while taking the Centre to task said the way they have delayed the allocation of annual plan is an insult to our Government.


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