Sand extraction contract: Altaf Bukhari vows to continue protests till order is revoked
Stays it is a question of 5 lakh people who are on verge of starvation
Srinagar: Stating that Apni Party leaders along with the stakeholders of mining and sand extraction staged protests in all districts across the J&K Unit, the Apni Party chief, Syed Muhammad Altaf Buhkari, petitioned the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to roll back the sand extraction contract order issued post-August 5, 2019 in the interest of five lakh people associated with the mining business in the UT.
He said that so far J&K administration is unmoved and that the Apni Party will continue to stage protests till the order is revoked.
“Last time, we had given an ultimatum of a week to the government to roll back the controversial order that has hit the livelihood of 5 lakh people associated mining and sand extraction. But the government remained unmoved,” Bukhari said during a press conference in Srinagar as per Kashmir News Observer (KNO).
“Today, Apni Party leaders along with the stakeholders of mining and sand extraction staged protests in all districts of the UT. In some places that include Budgam and Baramulla, our protests were confined to a particular place. Our protests remained peaceful in all districts of the UT.”
He said that the government seems to be least bothered about the “serious issues” but Apni Party is committed to fighting for the rights of 5 lakh people who are on the verge of starvation. “We will continue to protest till the order is revoked,” Bukhari said, adding that the 5 lakh people who have borrowed loan from banks to buy boats, tippers, and crusher machines are all set to become defaults. “Does that suit the government,” Bukhari asked.
Asked if the government fails to revoke the controversial order, he said: “We have no option other than to intensify protests.” To a query that other political parties are silent over the issue, Bukhari said he can’t speak on behalf of others. “They may be having other priorities. I don’t see politics in it. This is an issue of a common man and we will strive hard for it,” he said. (KNO)