SRINAGAR (Online): Indian Army is destroying the forests, water resources, environment and economy in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by setting up camps and firing ranges, Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani said on Tuesday.
Gilani, in a statement issued from Srinagar, said the whole region is being converted into a military garrison.
The veteran leader expressed his deep concern and anguish over the Indian Army’s demand for occupying Bajpathri forest area – close to Yusmarg hill resort in Badgam district – for using as an artillery firing range.
According to Gilani, the pro-Indian politicians are mortgaging and auctioning every territory’s property for personal benefits.
“The proposed firing rage in Bajpathri area will badly affect the vast forest area of Budgam and Shopian districts, more than 10 water supply schemes originated from this area and which are feeding the major and huge population of the area will also get impacted by this decision,” he added.
“They have no concerns with the protection of the forests, water resources and environment of this region, they are only concerned to strengthen their forced occupation in Kashmir and for that purpose they can go to any extent.”