‘People in Kargil see themselves closer to Kashmir’ » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, November 06 (KMS): An Indian media report, while commenting on the situation in Ladakh region of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir following New Delhi’s last year’s Aug 5 decision, said that the high Himalayan region is split down the middle when it comes to political choices.

Following the developments in Ladakh region post August 5, 2019 illegal actions by the Modi-led fascist Indian government, it can be said with certainty that the people of Muslim-majority Kargil district see themselves closer to Kashmir than the Buddhist-dominated Leh district.

In Leh, while the leadership is preparing to discuss Sixth Schedule status, which guarantees a degree of autonomy and special protections to tribal areas, with New Delhi, but the Muslim-majority Kargil demands the restoration of special status of IIOJK, Indian news portal scroll.in reported.

It said that while Leh recently voted the BJP into power in its autonomous hill district council, most of the Kargil leadership has cast its lot with the People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD).

The portal said that on October 29, a collection of political and socio-religious organisations announced they had formed the new Kargil Democratic Alliance. Besides comprising the representatives of parties like the National Conference and the local Congress, the Kargil Democratic Alliance includes influential religious schools like the Islamia School Kargil and the Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust.

The scroll.in quoted Qamar Ali Akhoon, a veteran NC leader from Kargil, as having said, “We have two agendas”, adding, “We demand the restoration of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and we demand the statehood for Ladakh until the special status is restored.”

Akhoon said that the alliance would become party to the petitions challenging the August 5 decisions in the Indian Supreme Court. A batch of such petitions has been filed, including by parties of the PAGD.

This is the second alliance to be formed in Ladakh since August 5, 2019. Earlier this year, the social, religious and political leadership in Leh formed the People’s Movement for Sixth Schedule and threatened to boycott hill council elections unless their demands were met. The boycott was only called off after leaders from Leh met Indian Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. The Indian govt reportedly assured them that it was “open to discuss protections available under the 6th Schedule”.

On October 30, the Kargil Democratic Alliance had its first meeting with a visiting delegation of PAGD. “We both agreed that we want the pre-August, 2019 position to be restored and we will continue to fight for it,” said Akhoon.

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