Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) will organise a sit-in on Friday at Lal Chowk against the “plans to settle” West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) in the state, while warning the people will not take lying down the attempts to “change the state’s demography”.
“The condemnable conspiracies hatched at the behest of RSS and its allies will fail. The refugees from West Pakistan are not part of Jammu and Kashmir and will never be so in future also,” JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a statement.
Malik said that this is not the first time when “such conspiracies” have been “cooked up”.
“In fact, after invading Jammu Kashmir in 1947, Indian leadership started its efforts to change the demography of this Muslim majority state to satisfy their political ends. Now with RSS and its allies in power, Indian leaders have enhanced their efforts to fulfill this condemnable agenda,” Malik said.
“India must bear in mind that these conspiracies will meet a tough resistance from the people of Jammu Kashmir. A nation that has sacrificed thousands for its freedom has enough courage and resilience to resist such moves and Indian rulers will be responsible for any consequences,” said Malik who was injured in police baton charge on December 24.
“In 1982, the state assembly passed the Resettlement Act to benefit those who had migrated to Azad Kashmir in 1947 but Indian state out rightly rejected the legislation. Today even the properties of those migrants are being sold at low prices by the rulers. On the other hand people from West Pakistan, who were and are not the citizens of Jammu Kashmir in any manner, are forcibly being imposed on us,” Malik added.
It is a move to communalise situation: Shah
Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah said on Monday that recommendations regarding the settlement of WPRs in the state are aimed at not only changing the state’s demography but also at communalizing the situation and spreading hatred among the people.
Shah, who is on a tour of Jammu, met Hurriyat representatives from Kishtwar, Ramban, Doda, Rajouri, Udhampur, Bhaderwah and Poonch and discussed the issue with them.
“The recommendations are unacceptable. We would never allow any injustice to Hindus and Muslims in Jammu province. People from different religions have been living here for centuries in peace and harmony and we will surely counter any conspiracy hatched to destroy that harmony in this province,” Shah said.