Settling soldiers in Kashmir aimed at changing its demography: Malik

Settling soldiers in Kashmir aimed at changing its demography: Malik

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman, Yasin Malik on Sunday said that plans to settle retired army men and their families in Jammu Kashmir was aimed to change demography of the state.
In a statement, Malik said that it was was “actually a joint conspiracy of Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges who want to change demography of Jammu Kashmir and thus strengthen the illegal occupation of India on it.”
He said that “criminal silence of Mufti Mohammad Sayed led regime and other pro-India parties on recent orders of Indian defence minister is a proof of this.”
As per reports, Defence minister, Manohar Parrikar has forwarded a proposal to Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed 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.
“People of Jammu Kashmir reject all such detestable plans and to stand against all these ill designs is our moral and constitutional responsibility,” Malik said.
Yasin Malik said that Indian rulers and their Kashmiri “puppets” have been, for a long time, trying to weaken the special status of Jammu Kashmir.
“Time and again conspiracies are being hatched to change the demography of Jammu Kashmir. All this is done to strengthen the illegal occupation of India,” he said.
He said that these efforts have been accelerated after the establishment of the “RSS led rule in Delhi and Jammu Kashmir.”
“Sometimes issue of state subject law is raised and someday we hear about giving permanent citizenship to West Pakistan refugees. Now Indian rulers are announcing the new program of settling ex-Indian army men and their families and Indian defense minister Manohar Parikar has issued an order to the state government to identify land for the settlement of these ex-soldiers,” he said.
Yasin Malik said that ironically Mufti has maintained a “cunning silence” on the issue.
He said that the silence of National conference, PDP, congress and all other small and big pro-India parties and leaders on these vital issues was criminal.
“This shows that these parties and leaders are a part of detestable plans of RSS which wants to divide the state on communal lines, harm the historical religious harmony of people, and change the demography of Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
He said that if the pro-India parties have any shame left, they should break their silence on this important issue so that their position was clear and evident.
“Jammu Kashmir is an internationally accepted disputed territory and the decision for its future is still pending. So the settling of or allotting land to any army men or any citizen of India is the clear violation of the international rules and it has no constitutional or moral justification even according to the constitutions of India and Jammu Kashmir,” he said.
Yasin Malik cautioned that people of Jammu Kashmir would not allow these plans to succeed.
“The plans to settle ex-Indian soldiers and their families in Jammu Kashmir and thus change its demography will be strongly resisted and people of Jammu Kashmir will defend its status and honor with unity of thought and action,” Malik said.