Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership has asked people across the state to hold demonstrations on Friday in protest against government’s decision to issue domicile certificates to West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs).
While the resistance leadership sees the move as a ploy to change demography of the state—the WPRs are Hindus who fled Pakistan during Partition—the government has defended it saying only ‘identity cards’ have been issued to the refugees.
In a statement, the joint resistance leadership said, “These manoeuvres (are meant) to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP is fulfilling gradually and fraudulently the agenda of Hindu Rashtra of BJP.”
“By doing this deceitful act they may get comfort from their masters but they never can excuse their betrayal to their own people,” the statement said.
The leaders said the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be “brushed aside by any judicial device.”
They asked all sections of the society—ulama, imams, religious scholars, intellectuals, civil society, youth, traders and transporters— to remain “vigilant against these devastating tactics of India and their stooges” and hold peaceful protests after Friday prayers to “convey a clear message to our oppressor and their local collaborators.”
The leaders also appealed to the “people in general and transporters and traders in particular to observe a complete shutdown on Friday and Saturday as mentioned in the protest program and make it success.”