Will resist separate settlements for KPs: Majlis

Iqbal Kirmani
SRINAGAR: Majlis Itihad-e-Millat Jammu and Kashmir, an amalgam of prominent religious organizations, Thursday warned government of India against creating separate settlements for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.
“Government of India has drafted a poignant and sinister plan to settle Kashmiri Pandits in separate zones for which about 17,000 kanals of land have been identified at three different spots in Kashmir. The move will be resisted tooth and nail,” said Mufti Bashir-ud-Din Farooqi, head of the Majlis, while addressing a press conference here.
Farooqi said the Pandit community is welcome to return to the Valley. “They have lived among us for centuries, but we won’t allow their settlement in separate zones,” he said.
He claimed that government of India was planning to settle workers of Hindu extremist group RSS in the proposed colonies for the Pandits “who will conspire to kill Muslims in order to change the demography of the state.”
“We have concrete evidence that in the name of separate Pandit colonies government of India is going to settle RSS workers to slowly change the demographic character of Kashmir. RSS cadres in those highly fortified colonies will conspire on how to slaughter Muslims so that their numbers come down,” he said.
Farooqi, who is also the official grand mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, while rejecting the separate homeland proposal for rehabilitation of the Pandits said, “This is actually an anti-Muslim policy to divide Kashmiri society on communal lines.”
“Every sensitive Kashmiri has reservations about the plan and will never accept this proposal,” said Farooqi while reading a joint statement of the Majlis. “Few paid agents of New Delhi in Kashmir are in favour of this plan. But their sinister designs will never be allowed to succeed.”
Accusing New Delhi of hatching conspiracies to divide Kashmir on communal lines, Farooqi said that people have always stood against such nefarious designs.
“Government of India and her local agents want to split the centuries’ old bonhomie and brotherly atmosphere between Kashmiri Muslims and Pandits and want to change the demography of state under the garb of settling KPs in separate zones,” Farooqi said, adding, “We will not allow any part of the state to be used for hatching conspiracies against Muslims of the state in the name of providing separate homeland for KPs.”
During the press conference Farooqi was flanked by heads and representatives of all constituent groups of the Majlis including amir of Jama’at-e-Islami, Mohammad Abdulllah Wani; president of Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith, Prof Ghulam Mohammad Bhat Al-Madni; president of Islamic Study Circle, Dr Yusuf-ul-Umar; representative of Anjuman-e-Sharie-Shian, Ghulam Mohammad Nagoo; founder of Tehreek-i-Imamia Kashmir, Ghulam Ali Gulzar; principal Oriental College, Prof Tayib Kamili; general secretary of Jamiat-e-Ahle-Hadith, Dr Abdul Latief Al-Kindi; representatives of Muslim Personal Law Board and Dawat ul Haq Tral; and spokesperson of Jama’at-e-Islami, Advocate Zahid Ali.