HCBA slams ‘composite townships’ plan for Pandits

Srinagar: JK High Court Bar Association (HCBA) Thursday slammed the government for proposing ‘composite townships’ for migrant Kashmiri Pandits.
HCBA general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, in a statement, said that Bar held a meeting to deliberate upon the issue.
During, the meeting, he said, the participants decided to support the programme given by pro-freedom parties for April 10 and 11.
Bhat said that the members who participated in the meeting were unanimous in saying that creation of such type of townships for Kashmiri pandits is a conspiracy to divide the Kashmiris on communal lines.
“It is a move to create a wedge among them on grounds of religion, race and faith, which should be defeated by one and all.”
He said that the HCBA, which had warned the people about the hatching of such conspiracies, reiterated that Kashmiri Pandits are a part of Kashmiri society. “In their capacity as such they have every right to return to the valley and live at their old places of residence where they were living before migration, with their Kashmiri brethren.”
Bhat said that HCBA also wants Kashmiri Pandit community to raise their voice and resist the “Indian machination and plans of vitiating the atmosphere of traditional brotherhood, amity and peace between them and Kashmiri Muslims.”
Meanwhile, while reiterating its appeal for peaceful protest demonstration on Friday against the proposed move, Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesman said that the party will take out a protest rally in this regard from Iqra Masjid after Friday prayers.
He appealed the people to participate in the protest program.