SRINAGAR: Terming the recent statement of the government spokesman as “jugular of words”, the Kashmir Economic Alliance chairman and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president, Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan, on Friday said the government’s clarification has raised more queries about the issue.
“Since the last year, the same spokesman has been trying to befool people through words like ‘inclusive and exclusive’ and ‘intrinsic and extrinsic’ with regard to establishment of settlements for our Pandit brethren, who have been painfully away from the homeland where we once lived in harmony. But the simple question is whether the government is making colonies for them or not,” Khan asked.
He said the government spokesman also gave misleading statements about sainik colonies.
“Last year, he termed the report as baseless whereas this year he had a new version to narrate, as if land row is writing a fiction novel,” Khan said.
Khan said the government needed to come out with a written statement over its stand on the issue.
“It needs to be complete, clear cut documentation on whether government will allow construction of sainik colony, establishment of shelters for no-locals, and separate establishment of colony for our migrant brothers. Likewise, if the industrial policy is to be reviewed, its ongoing implementation needs to be shelved forthwith, without any delay,” he said.
The KEA Chairman, once again appealed the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to come clear on the government stand on this sensitive issue, which “is dragging Kashmir towards another 2008-like agitation”.
Khan clarified that the only reason why Kashmir Inc was constantly speaking on the sensitive issue was that it doesn’t want the state to be dragged to another agitation.
“We are for harmonious peace and prosperity in all the three regions of the state and thus do not want the situation go chaotic out of hands the way it happened in the past amid human rights abuse,” he clarified.
He said an “honest statement” from the government can clear the air.