Separate settlements for Pandits unacceptable: Yasin Malik

Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that Kashmiri Pandits are a part and parcel of Kashmir but settling them in separate colonies is unacceptable.
Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “No one in Kashmir can oppose their return as they belong to the territory but no Kashmiri wants to see them living in Israeli-type settlements and spend their lives as aliens.”
He said that the Pandits should return and live at places of their choice with the rest of society in their own land as they have been living in the past. It is not the Hurriyet leadership or people of Kashmir who are politicizing this issue, but it is the Indian government and its local stooges who are doing so and complicating their return.
He said, “Thousands of Pandits who refused to leave Kashmir are still living in the Valley with dignity and are a good example of our composed culture and shared living and no one should be allowed to harm this brotherhood and harmony.”
Terming the proposed declaration of Hari Singh’s birthday as holiday as height of shamelessness of PDP politics, the JKLF chairman said hypocrites are asking us to honor killers as well as their victims simultaneously. “How can these people observe July 13 as a Martyrs Day and at the same time observe Hari Singh’s birthday as a holiday?” he asked.
He said: “Pro-India rulers and politicians have also become mini-Maharajas who are promoting family politics.
It is because of this very mindset that from NC to PDP, all these rulers and politicians prefer to live in bungalows and resorts used by erstwhile Maharajas.”
The JKLF Chairman expressed serious concern over plight of detainees languishing in various jails and police stations.
He strongly condemned prolonged incarceration of resistance leaders including Mir Hafizullah, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Maulana Sarjan Barkati and 14-year-old, Sahil Ahmad Sheikh.—KMS

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