SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) said on Monday that it will call a meeting of its advisory council on August 22 to discuss the government’s plans to settle serving and retired soldiers in an exclusive enclave near Srinagar airport, while warning it that “no such plan will be allowed to succeed.”
Kashmir Reader reported in the past week how a soldiers’ panel headed by governor NN Vohra has sent to the state home department for approval the proposal to allot plots of land to retired and serving soldiers in the Sainik Colony. While the panel has identified 173 kanals (21 acres) of land for the colony, it is however eyeing the entire stretch of 416 (52 acres) kanals of state land.
A home department source had told Kashmir Reader that both soldiers from the state and other parts of India will be allotted land.
However, BJP spokesperson Khalid Jehangir told reporters at a press conference that the “proposed colony is for the soldiers who are residents of the state”.
“It will be like the police colony for the police personnel of the state. It is a welcome step,” Jehangir said.
In a statement, a Hurriyat spokesman said that India cannot settle its soldiers or any of its citizens in Kashmir because it is an “internationally recognised dispute.”
“Jammu & Kashmir is not a legal part of Indian like Bihar, UP or Maharashtra,” the spokesman said.
“If land is allotted to any Indian soldier in Jammu & Kashmir, we will start a public movement. Mufti government’s stand on this sensitive issue is ambiguous and suspicious, especially in the wake of Indian defence minister’s statement that he has directed the Mufti-led government to take steps for allotment of land to former soldiers,” the spokesman said.
He added that Mufti government has not reacted to Parrikar’s statement, while asking the chief minister to clear his stand on this issue.
“Besides the entire pro-freedom leadership, Hurriyat conference has decided to consult law experts and people related to every walk of life and have agreed to mobilize public consensus in this regard. Hurriyat has also appealed the world bodies to play their role in stopping India from fiddling with the disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir,” the spokesman said.