‘COMPOSITE TOWNSHIP’ ROW
Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that the migrant Kashmiri Pandits should seek advice of their fellow community members, who are living in Kashmir, on the issue of their return.
“Those KPs who aspire to come back to valley should look at their fellow members who either stayed back or returned to the valley in past few years and seek their advise on the issue,” Mirwaiz said while addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here.
He further said that the KPs should understand that successive governments at New Delhi have exploited their sufferings for furthering their own agendas.
He said that the approach of resettling in separate townships will only “prove detrimental to the interests of the Pandit community who will not be living in a vacuum once they come here.”
“Instead of becoming tools in the hands of these forces, Kashmiri Pandits should assert themselves and live with dignity and as equals with and among their fellow Muslims who have always welcomed them with open arms,” the statement quoted Mirwaiz as saying.
He appealed the KPs to trust the Kashmiri Muslims. “On behalf of Kashmiri Muslims I make an ardent appeal to the Kashmiri Pandit Community to not look towards the Government but to look towards Kashmiri Muslim Community and wholly and solely trust fellow Kashmiri Muslim community to welcome them back to their homes, to their rightful places.”
Mirwaiz further said that the identification of three areas for the proposed township for Kashmiri Pandits, in Khanpora Baramulla, in Hal Pulwama and Shopian and an area near Mattan (Anantnag), as was disclosed in the budget presented in the state assembly. “It is a matter of grave concern.”
“What has also been exposed is the proposal that Article 370 will not be applicable to these areas, which means that people from other parts of India will also be settled in these townships.”
He alleged that this move was in keeping with the New Delhi’s agenda of “settling outsiders here to change the demographic composition of the state.”
“The shameful legacy of double speak of pro India parties in J&K right from 1947, continues. Their lust to stay in power makes them say one thing in Srinagar, and one in Delhi.”
He said that PDP were “running with the hare and hunting with the hound”. “The tall claims made by them, be it release of political prisoners, removal of AFSPA or return of power projects have fallen flat and it seems they will be compromising more and more in the coming days.”