Srinagar, January 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders have castigated the Indian move to grant Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) to refugees terming it as a conspiracy to undermine the Muslim majority character of the territory.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reacting to the Indian plan in a statement said, “Since 1947, India is pursuing policies aimed at changing the demography of Jammu and Kashmir. But we will not allow them to succeed in their designs.”
The Mirwaiz added that attempts of demographic engineering would have serious ramifications and warned India and its puppet regime in the territory keep in mind that infringing with special character of Jammu and Kashmir was unacceptable to the Kashmiris. The forum led by veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, also reacted sharply to the plan saying that they would mobilize public opinion over the issue.
“This is a very serious issue and linked with disputed nature of Kashmir. In 1947, lakhs of Muslims were massacred in Jammu and now they have employed new tactics to fulfill their design of reducing Muslims into minority,” the spokesman for the forum, Ayaz Akbar said in a statement. Legal experts argue the move will have disastrous implications.
“If any attempt is made to amend the constitution and undo the Maharaja’s notification of 1927, it will be a blunder,” a High Court lawyer, Riyaz Khawar said. Puppet Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla had sated the regime would go for constitutional amendment in the upcoming session to grant Permanent Resident Certificates (PRCs) to the refugees, mostly settled in Jammu.
What is interesting is that the ruling pro-India National Conference has also expressed ‘surprise’ over the ‘sudden’ announcement. National Conference leader and Member of Indian Parliament, Dr Mehboob Beg said, “Jammu and Kashmir has a special identity and … Any attempt to grant state subject rights to …refugees would be taken as direct assault on our identity especially Muslim majority character of the” territory, he said.
“The refugees should be settled in any party of India “but not in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added. Another pro-India Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the puppet authorities to come clear on the issue.
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