Separatists Urge People To Take Part In Census

Separatists Urge People To Take Part In Census

27 March 2010
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: The Islamic Students League head, Shakeel Bakshi, Saturday urged the Kashmiri people to take part in the 2011 Census, to defeat the enemy designs aimed at portraying the Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir as a minority. Shakeel was speaking at a seminar titled “Role of Intelligentsia in the Resolution of Kashmir Dispute”, organised by the Bar Association in the Lower Court Complex here to observe the 14th anniversary of prominent human rights activist Advocate Jaleel Andrabi, who was killed in custody by the security forces in 1996. “I urge the people of J&K to take part in the upcoming 2011 census exercise, as in the previous census the Kashmiris - particularly Muslims - did not take part, resulting in figures that prompted them (Indian State) to claim that Muslims constitute only 66 percent of J-K population,” Shakeel said. “I also ask the intelligentsia of Kashmir to make people aware about the consequences of not taking part in such exercise. In the past too, militant brethren issued threats not to take part in the census exercise, but this time I urge the leadership of Kashmir and the militants to restrain from such threats and let the people take part in the census,” he urged. He also called upon the people of Doda and Rajouri to register themselves not as Kashmiri-speaking but as Kashmiri-speaking Muslims, at this will help the larger cause. 'Efforts are underway to portray the Kashmiri-speaking population of J&K as a minority. This we have seen in the previous census,' he pointed out. Speaking in the same vein, Bar secretary Advocate G N Shaheen said Kashmiri leadership and the intelligentsia should make people aware of designs aimed at reducing the Muslim population of J-K to a minority. “In 1947, the population of J-K was more than 90 percent as Muslim but as per the last census, the total population of Muslims in state is being projected as 66 percent. So, during the upcoming census, we should be aware of such manipulations and register ourselves fully in such exercise.” Bar president Mian Abdul Qayoom, who presided over the function, stressed upon unity of the Hurriyat factions. He said that Bar all along has stood for the unity of the Hurriyat. “Bilateralism is not recognised by the Hurriyat constitution. But, at the same time, we are not against any faction. We are for unity of the Hurriyat Conference,” Qayoom said. Others who paid tributes to Jaleel Andrabi included Javed Mir JKLF (R),Mushtaq-ul-Islam (ML), Hilal War (J&K PPP), Abdul Rashid Hakeem of Hurriyat (M), Advocate Mohammad Amin Bhat, Advocate Arshad Andrabi (brother of Jaleel Andrabi), Prof Hamida Nayeem and Advocate Zahid Ali Advocate (JeI).


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