Proposed property tax brought bitter memories of “exploitative taxation regime” of past: PDP leader Khursheed Alam

Srinagar, Oct 10 (KNS): Comparing the proposed property tax to the “exploitative taxation regime” during monarchical rule, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader Mohammad Khurshed Alam on Saturday said that dictatorial policies are being implemented in J&K at the behest of communal elements to cripple our economy and enforce asset devaluation.
In a statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the PDP leader said the property tax order smacks of the despotic and anarchic rule the people of this land have witnessed for hundreds of years when we were crushed under the heavy burden of taxation. He said it is nothing but the revival of that dark, dreadful and disastrous era to which Kashmir’s blood soaked history is synonymous.
Lamenting the insensitive and step motherly treatment meted out to Kashmiri’s especially post August 5, Alam said the wounds inflicted by the unconstitutional, illegal and unnatural abrogation of Article 370 are still fresh and yet each day new methods are invented to push the people towards the corner.
He pointed out that on one side government is launching PR campaigns like Back to village programs and promising slogans like Vikas etc to justify abrogation and on the other promising 3 lakh houses to homeless people under new housing policy, issuing citizenships and jobs to outsiders and attacking locals by taxing, raids and systemic disempowerment.
“Is this the roadmap of Naya Kashmir which the government epitomized in the parliament on August 5, 2019?”, Alam questioned. (KNS) 

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