SRINAGAR: The Valley traders Thursday said they would resist any move to create ‘satellite cities’ for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley and threatened to launch a 2008-like agitation over the issue.
Addressing a joint gathering of traders and Panchayat members, president Kashmir Economic Alliance, Mohammad Yaseen Khan, said, “We are not against return of the Pandits to their homeland. We will welcome them. They are as much part of this land as we are. But we won’t allow satellite cities for them in the Valley. We will resist it tooth and nail.”
“Government should keep in mind the 2008 agitation (over land transfer to Amarnath Shrine Board) before coming up anything like it,” Khan said.
“We are not going to support this devil idea that has been planned in New Delhi and would be executed by our rulers here. J&K has already been polarized by these politicians who are good for nothing,” he said.
Last week, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani had alleged that New Delhi had hatched a conspiracy to change demography of Kashmir by planning to establish three cities in the Valley for Kashmiri Pandits on 16,800 kanals of land.
Khan said, “India is looting our resources from past seventy years. We pay tax and in return what do they give us? We have been exploited since ages by the successive regimes here.”
A unanimous resolution was also passed on the occasion asking both India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir dispute so that the people of Kashmir would live a life of peace and dignity.
Khan also said the business community of Chenab Valley has been connected to Kashmir Valley and now efforts are on to connect the business community of twin district of Poonch and Rajouri to the Valley.
“I am a business player and I want my business to flourish. We want connectivity with Chenab Valley through Dessu-Kapran road, but unfortunately it is not happening,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, president All J&K Panchayat Members Association, Khurshid Ahmad Malik said the elections of the Panchayat members were projected in wrong way by the state as well as by New Delhi which became the main reason for the killing of their members.
“When the elections for Panchayats were announced, no statement was issued against them and everyone said that Panchayats were for local issues. But abruptly the state government along with New Delhi projected that the elections had something to do with Kashmir dispute, which in reality was not the issue. We are now paying for it,” Malik said.
It is a “hard core reality,” Malik said, that Kashmir is a dispute and nobody can deny it.
“From this podium we are passing this unanimous resolution that Kashmir is a dispute which needs to be solved at any cost,” he said.