Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Criticizes Govt’s Plan to Impose Property Tax


The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to impose property tax in the region from April 1, 2023, according to a notification issued by the Housing and Urban Development department. The decision has sparked controversy, with former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeting “No Taxation Without Representation,” and questioning why people in J&K should pay state taxes, including the proposed property tax, when they have no say in how the government is run.

The notification stated that the property tax will be levied, assessed and collected in the Municipalities and Municipal Councils of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir under the Jammu and Kashmir Property Tax (Other Municipalities) Rules, 2023. The government’s move comes after it was given permission by the Ministry of Home Affairs in October 2020 to impose property taxes in the region through Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils, and Municipal Committees.

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Adaptation of State Laws) Order, 2020, amended the Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Act, 2000, and the Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act, 2000. This amendment paved the way for the imposition of property taxes in the region.

The decision has not gone down well with many residents of Jammu and Kashmir, who are already struggling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have questioned the need for the tax, especially when the region is still reeling from the impact of the political changes that took place in 2019, which saw the region lose its autonomous status.

The government, on the other hand, has defended the move, stating that the revenue generated from the tax will be used to fund development projects in the region. The tax is expected to generate a significant amount of revenue for the government, which will be used to improve the region’s infrastructure and public services.

However, many locals have expressed their anger and frustration at the decision, stating that they have no say in how their government is run and that they are being forced to pay taxes without any representation. They have also criticized the government for imposing the tax at a time when people are already struggling to make ends meet.

Sara Hayat Shah, who is the spokesperson of JKNC, has also expressed her disappointment at the government’s decision to impose property tax in the region. In a tweet, she stated that the people of J&K are being treated like cattle, with no say in the decisions that are being made each day. She also pointed out that the region is currently going through a severe economic crisis, making it even more difficult for people to cope with the added burden of the tax. Her tweet highlights the frustration and anger felt by many locals, who feel that they are being ignored by the government and are being forced to pay taxes without any representation.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration will need to work hard to address the concerns of the people and ensure that they understand the need for the tax. It is important that the government ensures that the revenue generated from the tax is used for the benefit of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and that they are given a say in how their government is run.

Sabiya Rasool, Champion of Women’s Rights in Jammu and Kashmir, Passes Away

Sabiya Rassol JKNC

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir – The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC) is in mourning as Women’s Wing functionary Sabiya Rasool passed away on Monday. Sabiya was undergoing treatment at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, along with the party’s Chief Spokesperson Tanvir Sadiq, Provincial President Women’s Wing Er. Sabiya Qadri, and Dr. Syed, expressed their condolences to Sabiya’s family and friends. In a statement, they said that Sabiya was a dedicated member of the party and had made a significant contribution to the women’s wing.

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Sabiya’s death has come as a shock to the JKNC and the wider community in Jammu and Kashmir. She was widely regarded as a passionate advocate for women’s rights and had been instrumental in organizing various events and activities aimed at empowering women in the region.

Her friends and colleagues have remembered her as a kind and compassionate person who was always willing to help others. Many have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to Sabiya’s life and work.

Sabiya Rasool will be remembered as a trailblazer and a champion of women’s rights in Jammu and Kashmir. Her passing is a great loss to the JKNC and the wider community, and her contributions will be deeply missed. The JKNC has extended its heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Mehbooba Mufti Arrested during protest against J&K anti-encroachment drive

Mehbooba Mufti Arrested during protest against J&K anti-encroachment drive 1

New Delhi: Police prevented People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti from taking out a march to Parliament on Wednesday to protest against an ongoing anti-encroachment drive in Jammu and Kashmir.

Accompanied by scores of party workers, Ms Mufti planned to march from Railway Bhawan to Parliament, where she wanted to inform opposition parties about the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s “bulldozer policy”.

However, police detained the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, and took her and her party workers to Jantar Mantar. The protesters dispersed from Jantar Mantar.

“We had come to inform the public, opposition parties and members of the ruling BJP about the misery faced by the public at large in Jammu and Kashmir. If we can’t go to Parliament, I wonder where we should go then. Does the government want us to get our grievances redressed at the United Nations,” Ms Mufti asked.

There is no rule of law that can be seen in Jammu and Kashmir and “we came all the way to Delhi to speak our hearts out. But it seems that here also the voice of the general public is muzzled,” she said.

Singer Waqar Khan Joins JK National Conference Party

Singer Waqar Khan

SRINAGAR: Famous singer Waqar Khan on Friday has joined National Conference in presence of the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah.

NC Vice President Omar Abdullah and other senior leaders were also present during the occasion.

Waqar Khan Singer
Waqar Khan Singer

While confirming the news JKNC took to Twitter and wrote: “Prominent social activist and youth icon @im_waqarkhan along with scores of his supporters joined JKNC in presence Dr Farooq Abdullah, OmarAbdullah.”

JKPM Leader Syed Iqbal Tahir resigns from the Party, Set to Join PAGD


Anantnag: J&K Peoples Movement (JKPM) Vice President and founding member Syed Iqbal Tahir on Sunday resigned from the post of Vice President as well as from the basic membership of the party.

In his resignation letter addressed to the party state executive committee, Iqbal Tahir has said that the illegal abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution of India was a momentous milestone in the chequered political history of Jammu & Kashmir and the abrogation has wiped off any trace of the ‘special status’ that people of J&K had enjoyed under the constitution.

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While acknowledging that JKPM was prompt in challenging the abrogation before the Supreme Court of India, in his resignation letter Iqbal Tahir has however stressed that the struggle for restoration of Articles 370 & 35A has also to be carried out at political and other levels.

“It is very painful to leave an organization of which I was a founding member but I am convinced that in order to achieve the ‘larger goal’, younger political workers like us have a moral obligation to bolster such political forces in the state who are much better placed and equipped to achieve justice and dignity for the people of J&K which was taken away from them in August 2019. It is time to “join hands with them rather than work in silos” and raise a collective voice against the suppression unleashed over the people of J&K after abrogation” Iqbal Tahir has mentioned in his resignation letter.

Syed Iqbal Tahir is an advocate at the Supreme Court of India. He is an alumnus of Bristol Law School, UK and attended a leadership programme at Harvard University, USA.

As per sources, he is likely to join one of the PAGD parties in the coming days.

Altaf Bukhari condemns the attack on two non-local labourers in Anantnag

Altaf Bukhari pays glowing tributes to Molvi Abbas Ansari

Srinagar: Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari expressed his grief over the attack on two non-local labourers in Anantnag.

Pertinently, unknown gunmen fired upon two non-local labourers in the Rakh Moomin area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday evening. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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In his message, Apni Party leader said, “Saddened to hear about the cowardly attack on the innocent migrant workers in Anantnag. I wonder what the attackers want to achieve through this mindless violence. We all must condemn such acts of violence in the strongest possible terms.”

He prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured labourers and urged the Admin to ensure the best possible treatment for them. (KNS)

Altaf Bukhari promises to hire best lawyers to fight in SC for restoration of Articles 370, 35A

Altaf Bukhari pays glowing tributes to Molvi Abbas Ansari

SRINAGAR: JKAP chief Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said the party will hire the country’s best lawyers to fight in the Supreme Court for the restoration of Articles 370 and 35A.
Addressing a public meeting at Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium here, Bukhari also demanded that Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood be restored.

On August 5, 2019, the Centre revoked the special status granted to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided it into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

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It also abrogated Article 35A which allowed the state to define its permanent residents.

“We cannot restore Articles 370 and 35A on our own. The issue is in the Supreme Court and I promise you we will hire the best lawyers of the country to fight for their restoration even if we have to spend crores of rupees,” Bukhari told the gathering.

“Our state, as it existed on August 5, 2019 (before the Centre’s decision), should be restored. This is what the people want. They want me to take this up with the prime minister and the home minister,” he said.
Bukhari further said the JKAP will constitute a team that will visit various jails in Jammu and Kashmir and outside to collect details about youths languishing there and the cases against them.
Then, he said, the JKAP will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah and seek the release of these youths.

“We want an opportunity for them to start their lives afresh,” he said. Bukhari appealed to the people to support him to start a “new politics” which has no place for violence and discrimination.

Ghulam Nabi Azad Hopes Centre will Restore Statehood in Jammu and Kashmir

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Jammu, 09 Nov: Ghulam Nabi Azad, chairman of the Democratic Azad Party (DAP), on Tuesday said statehood was the right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said, “Grant of statehood to J&K by the Central Government is the right of our people. The DAP is fully committed to fulfill the aspirations of the people of my state”.

Azad expressed concerns regarding unemployment and said there was lack of opportunities for the labour class. “While the youth of J&K is left with no employment opportunity, there is no work even for the labour class,” he said.

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While addressing a public meeting at Galli Bhatoli village, Azad said that even the people belonging to the scheduled tribe category had been facing a lot of problems.

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Senior Political Leader Adv Abdul Haq Khan quits PDP Party

Abdul Haq Khan

Srinagar, Nov 06: In a major setback to the Peoples Democratic Party, former minister and senior leader Advocate Abdul Haq Khan on Saturday resigned from the basic membership of the party.

In a statement, Khan said that due to the current political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he had suspended his political activities and today onwards he has no association with his previous political party PDP.

He added that his statement should be considered as his resignation from the basic membership of the party.

Khan, who was the general secretary of PDP and member of the state executive committee, because of the changed political situation post August 05, 2019 and bis failing health, he had already suspended his political activities.

“Four years ago, many changes took place in the situation of Jammu and Kashmir, and the entire political landscape changed. I thought there was nothing left for me to do. And I didn’t even feel the need to publicise my disengagement with the politics,” he added.

He further said that technically, he was a part of the PDP during this time, but the party has nominated his replacement in my assembly constituency.

“This has given rise to a number of rumours and speculations, which hurt my family and well-wishers. To put these speculations to rest, I decided to publicise my resignation from the party,” he said. (KNS)

Qamar Ali Akhoon nominated as JKNC party President for Ladakh region

Qamar Ali Akhoon

Kargil, Nov 02: A Day after Omar Abdullah’s visit to Kargil District, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference nominated veteran politicical leader from Kargil Qamar Ali Akhoon as Ladakh region President comprising of Kargil and Leh units of Jammu & Kashmir National Conference.

Provincial President, JKNC Kashmir Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani shall be Party incharge for Ladakh region for coordination, read an order issued by the Party’s General Secretary Advocate Ali Mohammad Sagar on Wednesday.