Geelani against ‘separate cities’ for Kashmiri Pandits

The Hurriyat chairman said his separatist amalgam would soon start consultations with other separatists to build a “national consensus” over the issue.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published:June 23, 2014 2:41 am
Geelani asserted that no Kashmiri was against the return of Pandits but said he would oppose any bid to create separate cities for them. Geelani asserted that no Kashmiri was against the return of Pandits but said he would oppose any bid to create separate cities for them.

At a time when the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley is on top of the agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said the proposal to “set up separate cities” is a dangerous plan and vowed to oppose it.

“Omer Abdullah was recently called to New Delhi and  was told to identify 16,800 kanals of land in Kashmir to establish three separate cities for Kashmiri Pandits,” Geelani said at a seminar organised by his separatist amalgam.

“This is a grave issue… These cities are to be established in the north, south and central Kashmir and each of them require 5,600 kanals. Nearly 75,000 to 1,00,000 people will be accommodated in each city, which will be provided with every facility,” he added.

Geelani asserted that no Kashmiri was against the return of Pandits but said he would oppose any bid to create separate cities for them.

“No Kashmiri Muslim opposes the return of Kashmiri Pandits. But by creating separate cities for them, the government is actually working on its dangerous plan to harm our centuries-old brotherhood, to divide our society and to give our freedom struggle a communal colour. We will oppose it at every level and in every possible way,” he said.

The Hurriyat chairman said his separatist amalgam would soon start consultations with other separatists to build a “national consensus” over the issue.

Geelani also warned against the settling of refugees from Pakistan, terming it an attempt to change the demography of the state.

“The Modi government is coming up with a dangerous policy of changing the demography of Kashmir. The government is working on RSS plans and wants to convert the majority Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir into a minority,” he said.

In the wake of a recent video statement from Al Qaeda denouncing the politics of strikes and peaceful protests and calling for “jihad to liberate” Jammu and Kashmir, the hardline separatist leader said Al Qaeda or Taliban had no role to play in the state.

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    michelle_vedic_human
    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:43 pm
    A very good move by team modi,----Kashmiri pundits should be relocated to their native motherland from all different angles,--push and flush out Geelani and his Muslims and reduce them to the lowest of next to minority,----taking into consideration,----Kashmiri pundits should be provided with full security by Hindustan army,---Kashmiri pundits should get the best of everything for all the sufferings and genocide they have suffered and live in peace as being the natives of origin of their beloved motherland.
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      Ramesh
      Feb 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm
      Who is he to oppose the return of the Kashmiri pundits they are as Kashmiri as he is and he has no right to speak of what facilities other are to be given. Well it would be correct to have separate cities for Kashmiri pundits considering the safety aspect the very reason they departed from the valley.
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        IndianWellWisher
        Jun 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm
        If no Kashmiri muslim opposed the return of the pundits according to Geelani, why did they ever leave??
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          santiago001
          Jun 24, 2014 at 4:08 am
          Might be this in not all about vote bank politics, but yes, definitely it is playing huge role into it.
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            Raj Reddy
            Jun 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm
            StatusQuo is what you are recommending. The way the things are only benefit the pockets of separatists.
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              bk
              Jun 23, 2014 at 9:32 am
              If Kerala can have a w district dedicated for muslims , what is wrong in having cities dedicated to Kashmiri pandits. It will be a very good move.
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                Samir Khan
                Jun 23, 2014 at 11:38 am
                People like geelani might be bad for kashmiris but they are the best bet for India for a peaceful resolution of the kashmir dispute. If they are isolated then kashmir will be gifted for the jihadis. Better take the separatists on your side if you want a peaceful resolution.
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                  Manhar
                  Jun 24, 2014 at 1:28 am
                  What track records make you think separatists are helpful? Very name is against Indian state.
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                    Nandkishore
                    Jun 23, 2014 at 6:32 am
                    Geelani is a separatist. He is the problem for Kashmiri pundits and India. Now the solution of rehabilitation of pundits is being developed without involving separatist elements. This is a great move by Namo Government. The separatist will find themselves more isolated and lost in oblivion.
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                      patriot
                      Jun 27, 2014 at 8:11 am
                      hang all separatists!!! geelani had said in the 90s to the kashmiri pandits--"leave kashmir but leave your women behind". Kashmir is a hindu rashtra. All the mooslimes there are supporters of the taliban, send them ng to stan
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                        Snapnut
                        Jun 24, 2014 at 9:41 am
                        But Samir, Kashmir is not a walk in the park like what is happening in Iraq and Syria today. Although I totally abhor ghettoisation based on any particular community, but we must take steps to ensure resettlement of the Kashmiri pandits and also create very secure border infrastructure on the stani side of the border... Jai Hind!
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                          Undhyu Patil
                          Jun 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm
                          Geelani ha! ha! ha! the kashmiri pandits are coming to claim their land and rights. The reception should be good for them.
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                            Undhyu Patil
                            Jun 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm
                            There is no kashmir dispute. Period! Kashmiri pandits genocide will be investigated now!
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