Govt must end doublespeak on colonies: KEA

Srinagar: Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), a grouping of traders and manufacturers, on Sunday slammed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s speech in the legislative assembly saying this furthered confusion over the government plan to allot land to outsiders.
Mohammad Yasin Khan, Chairman of the KEA in a statement said that the state government seems to be executing RSS agenda in Kashmir and asked the government to clarify its stand lest the situation goes out of control
“Chief Minister’s statement that sainik colony would be constructed for state subjects contradicts the statement of the government spokesman who said that no such colony would be constructed,” Khan said.
He said that Mehbooba maintains that transit colonies would be constructed for migrant Pandits.
“What does a transit colony mean? Obviously our Pandit brethren won’t be asked to live in tents till the colony is constructed,” he said.
The KEA chief counselled the government to come clean on the controversial issues. “In the interest of peace and to avoid any Amarnath-like agitation, it’s our fervent appeal to the government to honestly clarify its position and shun all plans going against the the interests of Kashmir,” Khan said.
He said the Peoples Democratic Party has become habitual of using confusing vocabulary to misguide people through terms like “intrinsic, extrinsic and now transit” with regard to construction of Israeli-pattern townships.
“One thing has become clear from these statements that the coalition government has pledged to execute RSS agenda of converting Kashmir into Palestine like ghettos and this is something we won’t ever tolerate,” Khan said.
Khan also slammed “gagging separatist voices” especially arresting JKLF leader Mohammed Yasin Malik.
“Such dictatorial ways to please RSS will only drag Kashmir to edge, which witnessed bloodbath in the past,” Khan said.