Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has warned the PDP-BJP coalition government of “dire consequences” if it builds the Sainik (soldiers’) Colony, which has been proposed by a soldiers’ panel headed by the governor, on the outskirts of Srinagar.
The state government has pledged about 173 kanals of land near old Airfield for the proposed Colony. After Kashmir Reader broke the story about the Colony, education minister Naeem Akhtar and deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said the government has no such plans. But in a follow-up story, Kashmir Reader provided the details of the meeting where the proposal had been approved in April this year. Then Divisional Commissioner Kashmir had attended the meeting.
Hurriyat (G), while opposing the proposed colony, had said settling soldiers from various parts of India in the Valley was aimed at changing demography of the state.
Speaking at one-day seminar on ‘Indo-Pak Hostilities: Causes and Solution’ at his residence, Geelani said chief minister Mufti Mohammad Saeed was no different from his predecessors, the NC and Congress leaders, who were first to “play the fraud with Kashmir dispute and Kashmiris”.
“Mufti exploited people’s emotions during elections by promising to save ‘Kashmiriyat’ by keeping BJP at bay. He has become an agent of BJP and only cares for his chair,” said Geelani, who has been under house arrest for the past five months.
The veteran resistance leader accused Mufti of consenting to—but no formally signing—the BJP’s plan to make West Pakistan Refugees, living in Jammu, as permanent residents of the state.
“PDP should not allow BJP to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added