Govt Will Go Ahead With KP Township Plan: BJP

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‘Pandits will go there, live there, take back what rightfully belongs to them’

JAMMU: Raging controversy over township for displaced Kashmiri Pandit community took a new turn Friday with Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh saying that the coalition government will go ahead with the plan. 

“Definitely we will go ahead with it (resettlement proposal). They (Kashmiri Pandits) will go back… Stay there, go there live there, take back what rightfully belongs to them,” Singh said here. 

He said that if “Gujjar colony” and other colonies can come up in Jammu then why there was a problem in setting up a “colony” for the displaced community in the Kashmir Valley. 

“If Gujjar colony can come up in Jammu, if Sainik colony can come up here, several other colonies too have come up here as well as there (in Kashmir), then why not a colony for them (Kashmiri Pandits),” he asked. 

On April 8, the state government had denied any such move, saying that there will be no isolated settlements. 

“It’s clear that the Kashmiri Pandits are a part and parcel of the traditional Kashmiri ethos and they would be reintegrated into their native place as a part of the society and not as an isolated community,” a state government spokesman had said in a release. 

The statement had come after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, while replying to the motion of thanks on Governor’s address in the state assembly, had said that he will construct Jagti-type flats for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. 

He had faced flack from separatists and opposition National Conference. 

Singh said that the “composite township” was not restricted for one community but would be open to all. 

“Why a colony should not be constructed for them, others can also come to such colonies, nobody is prohibited they too can come and live in such colonies,” he said. 

He said that objection to the proposal was a “ploy” to misguide the people of Kashmir and communalise the situation there. 

“This is just a ploy to misguide the people there and to communalise the situation and we won’t let this happen,” Singh said. PTI

Pak can’t dictate on Pandit townships: Jitendra

Jammu:  Rejecting Pakistan’s stand that creation of “dedicated” townships in Kashmir Valley for displaced Kashmiri Pandits would change the demographic makeup of the state, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said Narendra Modi led-government would not let anybody dictate its agenda. 

“No, I think India is capable enough to decide on his own terms and agenda. As far as India is concerned about how to go on these issues– whether it is the issue of terrorism or issue of displaced people returning to their homes, I do not think the government would let anybody dictate its agenda”, Singh told reporters here today. 

He was replying to a volley of questions about the Pakistan’s statement opposing “dedicated” townships in the Valley for displaced Kashmiri Pandits. 

On the issue of whether Government of India would lodge a protest against Pakistan over interference in its internal matter, he said,”There are mechanism in place for that. We have Ministry of External Affairs and Home and they take an appropriate position each time”. 

On the issue whether the government will still go ahead with the twin city concept for rehabilitation of KPs in Valley following opposition from Pak and separatists, Singh said “I will not like to engage in this discussion because the Home Ministry is taking the cognizance of all the options and to the best of its wisdom, it will decide”. 

On the issue of UN resolution & change of demographic concern, the Union Minister said, “as far as we in India are concerned, we go more by the resolution of 1994, which is passed in the Parliament unanimously by all the political parties which upheld that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India and there is no issue left to be resolved”. 

“As far as J&K is concern, if at all there is an issue left to be resolved or unresolved that is the issue of how to retrieve back the part of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir  continues to remain under the illegal occupation of Pakistan which is otherwise as Pak Occupied Jammu & Kashmir”, he said. 

Meanwhile, Union Minorities Minister Mukhtar Abas Naqvi Friday said that India will not accept Pakistan intervention on Kashmir.

“Pakistan has no right to dictate to us what we should do and what not in Kashmir. They should stop their intervention in the internal issues of Kashmir. The people of Kashmir are with India and want to live in the peaceful atmosphere,” BJP’s senior leader and union minorities minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said over phone from New Delhi.

He said that Pakistan should understand that whatever means they use, they will not get any part of this state. “One thing I will make clear is that all people living in the Kashmir want democratic and development rights of India,” he said.

The Union Minister said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have displayed their faith in BJP and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 “Kashmiri people have seen tough times over past many decades. Now they have shown the trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister is committed to make Jammu and Kashmir the number one state in the country in terms of development,” he added.

Also, the security expert Sushant Sareen dismissed Pakistan’s remarks on the creation of special townships for Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir, calling for the remarks to be ‘treated with the contempt it deserves’.

“Pakistan’s statement reflects the Islamo-fascist nature of the state. The second thing is that it reflects the ignorance and idiocy of the Pakistan foreign office. It is quite clear from the Pakistan foreign office spokesperson’s statement that she has obviously not read the UN resolutions,” Sareen said.

“Kashmir is not only a Muslim area. There is an indigenous Hindu population also. We should treat this statement with the contempt that it deserves,” he added.

On Thursday, Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs official spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that that any effort to create special townships in Jammu and Kashmir would violate the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, adding that the people of the state are resisting such a change. 

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