Srinagar: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to “establish three separate cities for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley,” Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani claimed Sunday.
Speaking at a seminar organised by the Hurriyat (G), Geelani said that his sources have told him that Modi asked Abdullah during their recent meeting in New Delhi to arrange 16,800 kanals of land for establishing “separate homelands” for the Pandits in different parts of Valley.
Geelani also claimed that Abdullah has been asked to make such arrangement at three different regions of Valley, with 5,600 kanals each in north, south and central Kashmir.
“Three separate cities will be established for Kashmiri Pandits, and in each city one lakh and 75 thousand people will be settled with their own medical college, two engineering colleges, 12 schools, four police stations and other facilities,” said Geelani.
He warned that they will launch a movement against any such move after proper coordination and consultation with all pro-freedom parties and religious groups.
On June 20, Abdullah met Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, first time after BJP came to power. After the meeting Abdullah said it “was a courtesy call” during which he briefed them about various issues including return and rehabilitation of Pandits to Valley.
Geelani said that it will be like creating state within the state in which Pandits will have their own homelands and Kashmiri Muslims will be left at the mercy of army, police and other agencies.
“We don’t have even guarantee that only Kashmiri Pandits will be settled in these cities,” Geelani said while addressing the seminar titled “Demands of Current Situation”.
Geelani said he wasn’t against the rehabilitation of Pandits and that he will support every measure to settle the community back in the Valley.
“They were asked to flee from here under the government policy. Some of them were killed, it was very unfortunate. We want them to return and live with their Muslim brethren in their old neighbourhoods, but not in separate homelands which is done under another big conspiracy,” Geelani said.
He said that “under another conspiracy of changing the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian government is trying to give permanent residence certificate to refugees in the state who have come from different states of India.”
“They have given them right to vote in Parliamentary election, now they want to give them such rights for Assembly elections also. It is done under conspiracy. If they want to settle them then, why not in other states of India,” Geelani said.
He said BJP is no different than Congress in suppressing the Muslims in Kashmir and in different parts of India, but “we can’t ignore the RSS ideology of BJP.”
He said that pro-India parties can do anything and sell anything in Kashmir on the instructions of New Delhi so as to be in power.
Geelani said they will try to evolve public opinion against such moves and launch a program to thwart such actions after coordination with all pro-freedom parties.
“Besides pro resistance political parties we will also meet other religious groups and ask them to resist such moves irrespective of their ideologies,” said Geelani. He emphasised that his party will resist it as far as is possible to them.
Speaking on the occasion, chairman Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir, Shabir Ahmad Shah said they were not against the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits as far as they live along with Muslims, but they are against the establishment of ‘safe zones’ for them in the Valley.
“We will think on how to resist this issue and act together against it,” said Shah.
Others who spoke on the occasion included senior Hurriyat (G) leaders Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Kashmir High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom, columnist and law professor Dr Sheikh Showkat, Anwar Ashai and others.