SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Saturday asked the chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, to clear his stand on the proposed move to settle the retired army personnel or their children in Jammu and Kashmir.
The statement has come after Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tarun Vijay sent a letter to the Defence Ministry last month, 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.
Recently, Vijay met Dr Jitendra Singh, junior minister in prime minister Narendra Modi’s office, and asked him to take up with the Jammu and Kashmir government the proposal to settle soldiers in the Valley.
The attitude of the state government on this issue is ambiguous and suspicious. Mufti Sayeed should clear his government’s stand on this sensitive issue and should inform people is they are going to accept this unconstitutional order from Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar or will they protect the state constitution,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said in a statement.
He said that Parrikar has sent directions to the state government on 16 July and has asked it to take appropriate action in this regard. “But Mufti-led government, till date, has said nothing so far,” he added.
The spokesman said that his party out rightly rejects the proposed move as “Jammu and Kashmir was an internationally accepted disputed territory and the decision for its future was still pending.
“So the settling or allotting of land to any army personnel or any citizen of India is the clear violation of the international rules,” he said.
The spokesman said that Jammu & Kashmir was not “any legal part of Indian like the states of Bihar, UP or the Maharashtra.” “Its status is totally different from them. Issuing the citizenship of this state to any Indian national is totally against the state constitution and the Indian government is not authorized to amend the state constitution,” he added.
The spokesman said that his party will not allow any such move. “It is an attempt to harm the special status and disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir and the people of the state will not allow any such plan to succeed,” he added.
“Besides the entire pro-freedom leadership, Hurriyat Conference has decided to consult law experts and people related to every walk of life and have decided to mobilize public consensus in this regard.”