Hurriyat (G), Bar Association warn govt against settling retired army personnel in JK

Hurriyat (G), Bar Association warn govt against settling retired army personnel in JK

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday threatened the state government of ‘dire consequences’ against settling the retired army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir.
The reaction has come after Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tarun Vijay sent a letter to the Defence Ministry few days ago, asking the government of India to allow Army personnel who have served in Jammu and Kashmir or the families of soldiers who died on duty to settle in the state.
Subsequently, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has already forwarded the proposal to state government for appropriate action.
In a statement, a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) on Monday said that a meeting of its executive council was held under the chairmanship of Syed Ali Geelani in which the proposal was thoroughly discussed.
“The executive council categorically rejected the plans of the Indian government of permanently settling the retired Indian army personnel or their children in Jammu & Kashmir. It was deliberated that JK is an internationally accepted disputed territory and the decision for its future is still pending,” he added.
He said that settling or allotting of land to the army personnel or any citizen of India was “the clear violation of the international rules and it has no constitutional or moral justification.”
“Jammu & Kashmir is not any legal part of Indian like the states of Bihar, UP or the Maharashtra and its status is totally different from them. Issuing the citizenship of this state to any Indian nationals is totally against the state constitution and this restriction can’t be removed by the order of any Indian minister,” the spokesman, quoting the minutes of the meeting, said.
“The attitude of the Mufti-led government on this issue is ambiguous and doubtful. Though, Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar has sent directions to the state government in this regard, the silence of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his ministers makes the issue serious,” the members, according to the spokesman, said.
“The Executive Council cautioned that the allotment of the land to the retired Indian army personnel will be a direct attack on the special status of the state. We will oppose this move tooth and nail and a public consensus will also be mobilized against the issue and any such move will be met with dire consequences,” the spokesman said.
The High Court Bar Association also termed the proposal as “nefarious programme which will have serious repercussions as it won’t be tolerated by the Kashmiri Muslims. “ The people here will go to any extent to foil such a design,” Bar association general secretary Mohammad Ashraf Bhat said in a statement.