JAMMU, Feb 11: Hundreds of Kargil residents, including women and children, took out a massive rally in this winter capital of the State today and chanted slogans in support of their demand to establish rotational divisional headquarters at Leh and Kargil districts.
The Kargil residents including their leaders affiliated with different political parties assembled at Karbala complex in the high-security Wazarat road here this morning and took out a rally which ended peacefully at the Press Club, Jammu, after passing through the Residency Road.
The rally was taken under the co-chairmanship of Legislative Council Chairman Haji Anayat Ali and Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, Feroz Ahmed Khan. The participants were seen chanting slogans like ‘Le Ke Rahangey Apna Haq’. They were seen holding banners, placards and posters highlighting their demands.
Addressing the rally at Press Club, Haji Anayat Ali said Government has demoralized the people of Kargil by its decision to establish permanent divisional headquarter at Leh district while the population of Kargil district exceeds that of Leh and Kargil is located at equidistant from Leh, Zanskar and Srinagar.
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He reiterated the demand of the people of Kargil to establish headquarter of Ladakh Division on rotational basis at Leh and Kargil, stating that Kargil district has always been at the receiving end and support from the State and Central Governments in terms of resources and other important inputs has been minimal to Kargil due to which it lags behind in all fields of development in comparison to Leh district.
At the culmination of the rally, various political leaders including former ministers Qamar Ali Akhoon, Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai, Nissar Ali, former MP Hassan Khan, former MLA and congerss leader, Haji Qamar Ali Akhone, senior NC leader, Mohd Hassan Pasha and BJP representative of Kargil unit and president ALSWAJ, Shakeel, in one voice demanded that headquarter of Ladakh Division should be provided on rotational basis at Kargil and Leh districts.
They hoped that the Government would take notice of their genuine demand and fulfill the aspirations of the people of Kargil very soon. The leaders also reiterated that they will continue the agitation till their demand is fulfilled.