‘India plotting division by setting up Israeli-type colonies’

Srinagar—Kashmiri Pandits have said that pro-India political parties are playing politics over their rehabilitation.
The Pandits living in transit accommodation at Vesoo in Islamabad district told media that they would prefer to live mixed with Muslim community than in separate clusters.
“The government is deliberately creating confusion by giving different names to these proposed colonies. We have a long history of communal harmony, and instead of separate townships, there should be simply residential accommodation for all where all the communities can live together,” President of All Jammu and Kashmir Displaced Youth Forum (AJKDYF), Sanjay Koul said.
“Here at least 12 Muslims have been living with us. We are living like brothers. But the irony is that the authorities are not taking those Kashmiri Pandits into confidence who have been living here for years, but those who are well-settled and don’t want to return at all,” he added.
Koul said that the pro-India political parties were playing politics over the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits. “Much politics is being done on the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits but the reality is that nobody is serious about their rehabilitation,” he stated.
Another Kashmiri Pandit and trade union leader, Sampat Prakash, charged India with trying to divide Muslims and Pandits by mulling to set up Israeli-type Pandit townships in the Valley.
Prakash, who heads the pensioners and civil society association, said that he would hold a hunger strike against the separate townships for Pandits and colonies for retired Indian soldiers on June 4 at Srinagar’s Pratap Park.
“This colony will create a wall of hatred on the pattern of Israel. I, along with my Pandit government employees, will launch an awareness movement against the move. It is a challenge to Kashmir’s history and nationalism,” he told reporters.—KMS

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