JKLF opposed to ‘sainik colony’ in any form: Malik

Yasin Malik

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) will oppose the proposed ‘sainik colony’ in the Valley in any form, even if it was meant for the state subjects only, the group’s chairman Yasin Malik on Friday said.

He said there was no need to construct a colony for ex-servicemen even if they were state subjects.

“What is the need for a sainik colony? Why does the government want to give land and construct colony for the retired employees.

“When other government employees or policemen, who retire from the services, have to leave their government accommodation and live in their own houses, why a colony for the retired army men,” Malik asked while talking to reporters.

The JKLF chairman said his group would also oppose the creation of separate settlements for Kashmiri Pandits as well as the new Industrial Policy.

“We have always maintained that Pandits are our brothers and are welcome to return to the Valley and stay at their ancestral places, but we will not allow separate colonies for them.

“Similarly, we will not allow this new industrial policy which would give lands to outside businessmen at cheap rates and settle them here in the same pattern as East India Company,” he said.

He also accused the PDP-BJP coalition government of “creating issues” in the state and then firefighting them.