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‘BJP tried to mingle us with West Pakistan Hindu Refugees’

Jammu: Displaced families from Pakistan administered Kashmir who have been living in refugee camps in Jammu Wednesday claimed that “ruling Bhartiya Janata Party with an aim to secure citizenship rights for West Pakistan Hindu refugees tried to mingle us with WPHR’s.”

“No doubt we are refugees but we were the citizens of Pakistan administered Kashmir and we are Kashmiri like Pandits and Muslims. BJP had never dreamt of ruling Jammu and Kashmir and thus had formulated a different game plan. This party was trying to mingle us with West Pakistan Hindu Refugees who are not Kashmiri’s and its only motive was to secure the state subject rights for all the refugees. After coming to power in Jammu and Kashmir this party has realized its folly and is now in a fix. We have been suffering just because of BJP that used us for petty politics,” Rajiv Chini, president SOS International-an organization for PaK Displaced Persons said adding that Pandits who live at their native places in Kashmir are treated as special citizens enjoying all kinds of facilities.

Rajiv Chini revealed that Government of India refused to pay them compensation saying that by doing so a word will go out that India has relinquished its claim over Pakistan administered Kashmir. “The Indian claim that PoK belongs to it is a hoax. From past 70 years it has been harping that Pakistan has illegally occupied that part of Kashmir which once was our homeland. Even after fighting three battles with Pakistan it failed to occupy that part of Kashmir. India should accept the reality and compensate us for our movable and immovable property that we left there in 1947,” Chini said adding that it is a misconception that only Hindu’s and Sikhs were displaced subjects. “A number of Muslims were also displaced and they settled both in Kashmir and Jammu,” he said.

Responding to a question, Rajiv Chini told CNS that India recently gave too much hype to a protest march that people in Pakistan administered Kashmir had organized against Pakistan Government in Muzafarabad. “If India can feel the pain of the people living in PaK, why doesn’t it then feel our pain? It is because of India’s wrong policies that we have been suffering from past 70 years. It is harping that PaK is their part while the reality is something different,” he said.

There are 12 lakh people settled Jammu who were the permanent resident of Pakistan administered Kashmir. “Three lakh people had migrated from PaK in 1947 and now our population 12 lakh. Besides us, there are West Pakistan Hindu Refugees who are also settled in Jammu but unlike us they are not Kashmiri’s,” Chini said.

Pertinently, the displaced people have decided to organize ‘Black Day’ on Oct 22 (Thursday), the day when they migrated from PaK to Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. 

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