Kashmiris should not rent out houses to outsiders

Kashmiris should not rent out houses to outsiders

By: || Updated: 29 Jul 2013 05:10 AM

Srinagar: Hard line Hurriyat
Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has asked Kashmiris to desist
from allowing people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to stay with them as

"Kashmiris should not rent out parts of their houses to
outsiders (those hailing from other states of the country)," Geelani said

The Hurriyat hawk said he was not against renting out
premises to non-Kashmiris but the outsiders and the locals should not live
under the same roof.

Although the Hurriyat hawk did not specify
the people who should not be given space on rent within the residential
premises, he was apparently referring to conversion of residential houses
into guest houses during the peak summer season and the large force of
non-kashmiri labourers.

More than two lakh non-Kashmiri labourers
mostly from Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orrisa -- arrive in the
valley every year in March and return to their states by late October.
They are attracted to Kashmir as the daily wages for unskilled labourers
are as high as Rs 400 per day.

He said the annual Amaranth Yatra
is simple a religious ceremony and Hurriyat has never challenged or
opposed it.

"However, India has politicised it (yatra) for its
political and military objectives. The Amarnath Shrine Board has emerged
as a 'state within the state' and increase in number of yatris up to nine
lakh has affected badly the environment, forests and water resources,"
Geelani said.

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