SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front led by its Chairman Yasin Malik will observe a 30-hour hunger strike against the government’s plans to construct composite townships for Pandits in the Valley.
Malik said that people of Kashmir will not remain “mute spectators of the conspiracies that are being hatched to divide people in the name of faith”.
“Construction of Israeli type settlements will promote only hatred. JKLF will organize a 30-hour symbolic hunger strike and a seminar on 18th and 19th of April against these conspiracies. People of Kashmir rising above their religious and ideological affiliations have shown their resentment against separate homeland plan for Pandit brethren and today’s strike is a glaring example of this resistance,” Malik said in a statement.
Malik said that the protest march and sit-in on Friday was a glaring example of Kashmiri religious harmony when Pandits, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims jointly protested against the ideas of constructing separate settlements for Pandits.
“Muslims believe that Pandits are a part and parcel of this land and their return will be a matter of joy for us but construction of Israeli type settlements and separate colonies in their name is a dangerous ploy of the rulers who want to divide us in the name of religion,” he said.
Malik said that those justifying the establishment of townships in the name of security of Pandits were “living in fool’s paradise”.
“These people must know that thousands of tourists visit every nook and corner of Kashmir every year without any fear or threat. We Kashmiris welcome millions of Hindu Yatrees every year and provide them every logistic support,” he stated.
“Government, instead of constructing walls of hatred, should help Pandit brethren financially so that they are able to purchase lands and houses of their own choice in Kashmir or renovate their own old houses here,” he insisted.
“Instead,” he said, “the rulers are trying to further RSS’ agenda for petty political gains.”
In December last year, Malik had observed a four-day hunger strike after some his supporters were arrested by police.