Geelani to host seminar against Sainik, Pandit colonies

Geelani to host seminar against Sainik, Pandit colonies

Calls for indefinite protests till govt abandons plan

Srinagar: A joint consultation meeting of APHC (G), APHC (M) and JKLF was held on Wednesday in which it was decided that a daylong seminar on ‘Separate Colonies and the Ambiguous Policies of the Government’ will be held at the Hyderpora residence-cum-office of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday, June 12. This will be followed by a peaceful protest demonstration at Lal Chowk on Wednesday, June 15, in which people from all walks of life will participate.
The meeting decided that peaceful protest demonstrations will continue till the government does not clearly assure the public that it has abandoned plans of Sainik and Pandit colonies. Terming the government policies regarding Sainik and Pandit colonies as ambiguous and doubtful, Geelani said that to create awareness on all the aspects of this issue, the pro-freedom leadership is jointly organising a seminar on June 12.
Geelani has appealed to Imams of mosques to raise their voices against the illegal detention of Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Shafi Lone, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Masarat Alam Bhat, Hafiz Bashir Ahmad Farooqi, Mohammad Yousuf Lone, Ameer Hamzah Shah, Mir Hafizullah, Mufti Abdul Ahad, Master Ali Mohammad Bandipora, Ashiq Hussain Sofi, Nasir Abdullah, Mohammad Amin Parray and Manzoor Ahmad Ganai in their June 10 Friday sermons. He has asked them to make people aware of the wicked designs of the RSS and the Sangh Parivar.
Geelani rejected the clarifications of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sainik and Pandit colonies, saying that there was no doubt that the lady was extending every possible help in the implementation of the RSS agenda in Kashmir. The main objective of this agenda is to change the demographic character of the state and to gradually convert the Muslim majority into a minority in Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani said. For this purpose, he said, work has already started to issue state subject certificates to Hindu refugees from Pakistan and doors have been opened to settle non-locals in Jammu region in the name of Dogra certificates.
Geelani said that on the issue of construction of Sainik and Pandit colonies, there have been no clear statements by the government whether they are abandoning these projects or not. Mehbooba Mufti has said on the floor of the house that sending Pandits back to their native places would be like throwing “pigeons in front of cats”, so it may very well be that colonies would be constructed for them.
The APHC chairman said that the policy makers of New Delhi were firm over their decision of Pandit and Sainik colonies. He said that until the proposal of Pandit and Sainik colonies is abandoned, the pro-freedom leadership will continue to raise their voice in every possible way.

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