In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu Muslim Front (JMF) has demanded reservation of Assembly seats for Muslims of five districts where they do not have political representation, particularly after they lost majority post brutal massacre of local Muslims by Hindu extremist organizations backed by Indian forces.
The demand was raised in a statement issued by JMF leadership in response to the Delimitation Commission’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
The statement said that Jammu Muslims have no political representative nor did anyone represent them for the last 70 years.
“Helpless Muslims should be given representation in Udhampur, Jammu, Reasi, Samba and Kathua districts as they continue to remain neglected and unrepresented,” said the statement.
The JMF said that it was unfortunate that none has raised their issue prior and kept the Muslims of Jammu in political backwardness.
“We have voted for the political parties but they have failed to come up to our expectations.
The marginalized section of Muslims in Jammu plains should be given political reservation in future Assembly constituencies of the territory,” said the leadership of JMF who believes that India should give them their fundamental right.
JMF leadership said that their ignorance for years has led to deprivation of Jammu Muslims who faced tough times in 1947.
“Our role should be acknowledged by the government and reservation should be granted,” the statement added.—KMS