‘Separatists’ on same page against Composite townships

‘Separatists’ on same page against Composite townships

Call for strike on April 11

Srinagar: Pro-freedom groups have called for general strike on April 11 to protest government’s proposed composite townships for migrant Kashmiri pandits in the Valley.
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The Chief Minister Tuesday assured the Home Minister of India land in Kashmir Valley for the composite colonies.
Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani called for strike on Saturday (April 11) and peaceful protests after Friday prayers to protest the move.
He said most of the pandits had settled at Jammu, New Delhi and elsewhere. “However, those who want to return are welcome,’ he said.
MirwaizThe Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led Hurriyat Conference also termed the government proposal as a ploy to divide the people of Kashmir on communal lines.
“Rather than dividing the people on communal lines, the government should take steps for honourable return of Kashmiri pandits,” it said after a meeting of its executive council.
Asking people to observe a shutdown on Saturday, the amalgam said every move to divide the people of the state shall be vehemently opposed.
Asserting that a Palestine like situation was being created in Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik appealed to hold a sit-in to protest the idea of creation of separate zones for the migrant pandits, terming them as the “townships of hate”.
“I appeal people to observe strike on Saturday against this decision of the government,” Malik said. “If our demands are not met, we would announce future programme to resist the issue. We would not allow these compartments. We are against it.”
Malik has plans to stage a dharna near the Clock Tower in Lal Chowk.
Malik said during pre-election days BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh had decided to create separate townships for Pandits which would house schools, hospitals, and other facilities.
“It is a plan similar to the one executed by Israelis in Palestine. They created walls of hate around their settlements against which intellectuals like Edward Saeed and Iqbal Ahmad have campaigned. The government wants to create the walls of hate here as well. They want to create state within a state,” visibly angry Malik said.
“RSS got inspiration from Israelis. The aim is to divide Kashmir on religious lines. The Mufti-RSS marriage wants to stoke fire in Kashmir. Is it the composite culture to built city of hate and divide Kashmiris on the name of religion?” he added.
He said that the stand of pro-freedom leadership and religious leaders had always been that pandit brethren have the right to live on this land in the same way as majority community is living.
“This land belongs to them as it belongs to us. For the past 5000 years, we have lived peacefully,” Malik said
He said when 10, 000 Kashmiri pandits, who did not left Kashmir, and are residing here have not faced any threat, how come the migrant pandits would be harmed.
“They own houses and shops. Their business institutions and schools are working here. Nobody harmed them here,” he said
“I appeal Kashmiri pandits to live in their own lands and homes along with their Muslim brethren,” Malik added.
Malik said that Indian civil society had always sermonized to Kashmiris the definition of composite culture.
“Now what has happened to the definition? Has it changed? Why are they silent now? Or they have maintained this silence to give a go ahead nod to the government,” he said.
Muslim Deeni Mahaz chairman, Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo said that after providing West Pakistan refugees with ration cards, jobs and residential facilities, the state government has decided to emulate the “Jew colonies formed in Palestine by Israel by providing Kashmiri pundits separate composite residential colonies.”
“Thereafter the industrialist of India would be offered land on 90 year lease for setting up industries and factories in Jammu and Kashmir,” the incarcerated leader said.
He alleged that all these facts are evidence that Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has started working on the agenda of RSS in Kashmir.
Claiming that Kashmiris won’t allow any separate ‘townships’ for migrant Pandits in the valley, National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan urged the KPs to live with the Muslims. “It will be an act to create another Israel in the valley. It is a deep rooted conspiracy of New Delhi and its local collaborators to kill the strong sentiment of freedom,” Khan said in a statement.
“Nobody in Kashmir is against the return of Pandits to their homeland but separate townships as New Delhi and pro-India politicians here are proposing will never be allowed. It is not permissible to make Kashmir a communal laboratory,” he added.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Syeda Asiya Andrabi while reacting against the proposed move also called for complete shutdown on April 11.