Sainik colony, industrial policy row: Geelani threatens ‘sharp response’

Sainik colony, industrial policy row: Geelani threatens ‘sharp response’

‘Can’t shut our eyes for the sake of tourism’

Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Monday warned the ruling coalition of a “sharp response” to its “anti-Kashmir plans”, saying the pro-freedom camp cannot shut its eyes for the sake of tourism.
According to a statement issued here, the advisory council (Majlis-i-Shoura) of Hurriyat (G) held an important meeting at its Hyderpora headquarters.
The meeting was presided over by Geelani.
The meeting, it said, thoroughly discussed the proposals related to sainik colonies, composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits and the new industrial policy.
The executive body also discussed the future strategies for countering the plans, the statement said.
While summing up the suggestions and views of members, Geelani, according to the statement, said India was working on different plans “to strengthen and prolong its forced and illegal occupation in Jammu and Kashmir”.
“The inception of the new BJP-PDP coalition has accelerated the implementation of these plans and the communal forces are using the government machinery for the implementation of the RSS agendas,” he said.
“Mehbooba Mufti and her party are extending their every help and cooperation in the execution of these communal agendas and she had sold the collective interests and the identity of the Kashmiri nation for the chair.”
Geelani said the recent statements from the BJP leaders regarding the sainik colonies have proven that Mehbooba Mufti, her cabinet ministers, and some officials of the civil administration “are lying over this issue and are keeping the people in dark”.
“The circumstantial evidences indicate that Mehbooba Mufti and the Bhajpa had previously entered into some agreement with regarding to the establishment of the sainik colonies and this deal had deliberately been kept hidden from the general public,” he said.
On the creation of separate townships for Pandits, Geelani reiterated his conglomerate’s stand that “no Kashmiri is opposing or against the return of the Pandits to the Valley”.
“Both the communities had lived in harmony in the past and they will continue to do so in the future. The policymakers of India want to divide the two communities on the religious lines and want to project Kashmir as a communal issue,” he said.
He appealed the Pandit community to oppose any proposal or plan aimed at cutting them off from the rest of the society.
Through the new industrial policy, Hurriyat (G) chairman said, “India wants to weaken the special status of the Kashmir in every possible ways and want to convert the Muslim majority into minorities here”.
He termed the announcement about the new medical colleges in the state as a “lollipop”.
“These colleges will admit non-local students and their condition will be like the engineering college NIT Srinagar,” he said.
Geelani said the people of Kashmir have always welcomed tourists into Kashmir with open arms.
“Our nation feels pride in serving them, but for not disturbing the upcoming tourist season, we can’t shut our eyes from our national responsibilities. It is not possible to ignore the wicked policies of the RSS and Jan Sangh,” he said, and warned the BJP-PDP coalition government.
“If they failed to halt the anti-Kashmir plans and any misuse of the government machinery, it will trigger a sharp and serious reaction from the general public and they can sacrifice anything for their existence,” he said.

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