SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, once reiterated on Friday that the proposal to set up sainik colonies and composite townships for Pandits in Kashmir is a “sinister design for changing the demography of the state”.
In an executive committee meeting held, the lawyers’ body observed that Kashmiri Pandits were a part and parcel of the Kashmiri culture.
“They can live in Kashmir where they were living before, and since they migrated from Kashmir on their own, they should comeback the same way,” it said.
The Bar said that there were about 10,000 Pandits living in Kashmir at present.
“When they are not asking for any separate clusters for their settlement and when they are peacefully living with their Kashmiri Muslim brethren at their native places, any Kashmiri Pandit willing to return to Kashmir will surely be welcomed by his Muslim brethren,” it said.
It said that setting up of composite townships for Pandits, who are actually state subjects, would be equivalent to creating a “state within a state”.
“It would amount to creating and building of a state within a state for some people, without any checks, curbs, limitations, and restrictions. When there are no separate townships in Jammu or other places for Kashmiri Muslims, building such townships/clusters for Jammu Dogras is also unacceptable,” it said.
Being subjects of the state, the Jammu Dogras, according to the Bar, too can live anywhere in the state.
Constructing shelters for pavement dwellers, who are non-state subjects, shall have “dangerous fallout” on the demography of the state, the lawyers’ body said.
“Once shelters are constructed leased or rented to them, they will have necessarily to be provided with all kinds of facilities at the cost of Kashmiri Muslims,” it said.
The Bar Association should oppose “such nefarious designs” and any policy devised by pro-freedom leadership in this behalf should be supported by the Bar Association.