August 2003 News

Kargil Council For Greater Ladakh

9 August 2003
The Statesman

Srinagar: Opposing the demand for Union Territory status for Ladakh and the trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council said the Ladakh Union Territory Front's (LUTF) demand for UT status was confined to Leh district only. The council has put forth the demand for a Greater Ladakh which would include Gilgit, Skardu and Baltistan. An Autonomous Hill Development Council delegation met Centre's interlocutor on J&K Mr NN Vohra on Thursday. The council said any solution to the Kashmir problem should be take into account the wishes of the people of all three regions of the state. Mr Vohra is on a week long visit to Leh and Kargil to meet representatives of various political, social and religious organisations. The delegation demanded that a special grant of Rs 35 crore from the Centre to set up infrastructure of the newly- constituted Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council. The BJP delegation also met Mr Vohra and opposed any division of the state and also the demand for Union Territory status for Ladakh. Members said civil air services to Kargil should be started immediately and funds. The team demanded funds from the Centre for the construction of the Zojila tunnel. A 3-member National Conference delegation endorsed the demand for restoration of pre-1953 autonomy to the state. The team opposed any division of the state and the demand for Union Territory status for Ladakh. NC members suggested that talks be held with Pakistan to resolve the J&K problem and that the LoC be converted into an international border. 2 killed in Mendhar Militants gunned down two persons in Mendhar, Poonch, yesterday. In another incident, residents of NS Pura village in Akhnoor nabbed a teenaged boy moving about suspiciously yesterday, officials said Security forces today foiled militants' plan to trigger powerful blasts by detecting explosive devices at two crowded bus stands in Kupwara and Sopore. Following reports of heavy movement of militants in Poonch, the DM has imposed night curfew in the region for a period of two months, officials said today. The curfew would remain in force between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. till 16 August and four hours for the rest of the period.


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