SRINAGAR: Issuance of Identity Cards by the government of J&K to West Pakistan Refugees is only aimed to pave way for their permanent settlement in the State, Kashmir High Court Bar Association president Mian qayoom said on Wednesday.
Addressing lawyers who staged protest in high court premises on the call by joint resistance leadership under right to self determination program, Qayoom also hailed the people for showing resilience in “defeating the nefarious designs” of the government of India and Indian parties in the State.
“The government used all suppressive and oppressive measures to muzzle the people. On the one hand those permanent residents of State of J&K who have migrated to other parts of the World and for whose return Resettlement Act was passed in 1980 are not allowed to come back to J&K and settle in their homeland because of the challenge thrown to the Act before the Supreme Court of India by Bhim Singh, which stayed the same, those who are non-State subjects and have entered the State from West Pakistan are being permanently settled in the State of J&K,” he said.
This is done, Qayoom said, to change the demography and Muslim Majority character of the State. He said that the West Pakistan refugees have already identity cards in the shape of Election Identity card, Aadhar Cards, Ration Cards and are casting their vote in Indian Parliamentary Elections.
“They are still being issued Identity Cards by the government of J&K only to pave way and make their settlement in the State permanent,” he said.
Qayoom said that the Kashmir dispute was now being dragged to the courts and every day, one or the other petition is filed in the Supreme Court and High Courts.
He said the permanent clusters for Kashmiri Pandits, Sainik colonies or the implementation of Industrial policy are all the mechanicals of New Delhi which are aimed at changing the demography of the State, so that in the event of holding a plebiscite in the State, the verdict goes otherwise.
He said that during last six months, the movement has passed on to the fourth generation who are all committed to take it to success. Qayoom said that the members of the Bar Association who are an essential and important component of the Kashmiri society cannot forget the sacrifices made by the people in the ongoing struggle and that they shall continue to play their role in the ongoing freedom struggle, in future as well.
Advocate Nazir Ahmad Tabassum in his addressed asked the members to support the cause wholeheartedly and don’t get misled by those who are saying that “we have not achieved anything during the past six months of strike.”
He said that people should remain united and take the movement to its logical end by all peaceful means. Tabassum said that the unity shown by the pro-freedom leadership was commendable and it is a great achievement to see them together.