SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik said Kashmiri Pandits “are a part and parcel of our life but confining them to separate Israeli-type settlements is unacceptable”. He also condemned the government’s resolution of declaring Hari Singh’s birthday as a holiday.
In a statement issued here, Malik said not a single person in Kashmir can oppose return of Pandist as they belong to this land but no one wants to see them living in “Israeli-type” settlements (separate colonies) and spend their lives as aliens.
“Kashmiri Pandits have equal rights as Kashmiri Muslims and we all welcome them back. They should return, live at the places of their choice as they had been living in past,” he said, adding, “It is not the pro-freedom camp or the people of Kashmir who are politicising this issue but the Government of India and its local stooges.”
“It is the height of hypocrisy and shamelessness of PDP to declare Hari Singh’s birthday as a holiday and simultaneously observe13th July as a martyrs’ day,” JKLF chief said. “Hypocrites are asking us to honour the killers and victims simultaneously. By issuing this ridiculous order, the so-called rulers and other pro-India parties and politicians have actually mocked at the sacrifices and struggle of Kashmiris who fought for years to get rid of the autocratic rule in Jammu Kashmir,” he said.