The newly-formed People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) on Tuesday condemned the central government’s move to grant permission to all Indians to buy property in Jammu and Kashmir and has vowed to fight against it.
In a significant development, the Ministry of Home Affairs has made amendments to the J&K Land Revenue Act, 1996 that allows any Indian citizen to buy land in J&K now, with the exception of agricultural land.
The amendment to J&K land laws has been condemned by several Kashmiri leaders, including NC vice-president Omar Abdullah and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.
The PAGD, which includes PDP, NC, People’s Conference, People’s Movement, CPI(M) and Awami National Conference (ANC), has accused the Centre of launching a “massive assault on the rights of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”.
Terming the MHA order a huge betrayal, SPAGD spokesperson Sajad Lone said, “This [new land law] is a massive