Jammu and Kashmir: Protests against domicile certificates to Pak refugees

Clashes were reported from Sopore town in north Kashmir after Friday prayers, and the police used tearsmoke shells and cane-charge to disperse protesters.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Published:December 24, 2016 2:36 am
kashmir-759 Mirwaiz Umar Farooq protests in Srinagar on Friday. AP Photo

AS PROTESTS and strike were observed by large sections of the people in the Kashmir valley against the decision to grant domicile certificates to refugees from West Pakistan, both separatists and mainstream opposition parties took on the state government on Friday. Clashes were reported from Sopore town in north Kashmir after Friday prayers, and the police used tearsmoke shells and cane-charge to disperse protesters.

In Srinagar, Independent legislator Engineer Rashid began a 48-hour sit-in outside the Gupkar residence of CM Mehbooba Mufti, while opposition National Conference (NC) said granting the refugees “state subject rights is tantamount to diluting the law and leaving it meaningless”.

“The dilution of J&K’s State Subject Law is a long-cherished desire of the BJP, and it is clear that the PDP has agreed to help the BJP in this,” NC state spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said.

J&K Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik was detained along with his supporters when he tried to take out a protest demonstration in Sarai Bala in Srinagar. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also led a protest in the old city soon after Friday prayers, and said that the same government that is killing people in the Valley is blessing the refugees.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Malik and Mirwaiz had called for a day-long strike and protests against the government’s decision.

Slamming state government spokesman Naeem Akhtar, NC spokesperson Mattu asked him to read the statement of BJP state president Sat Sharma, who had stated that the decision to issue ‘domicile certificates’ to West Pakistan refugees was the “first step” towards granting them full citizenship and property rights.

The PDP, Mattu said, should realise that its “alliance partner is using the refugee issue as a covert opportunity to dilute and circumvent the state subject laws of Jammu and Kashmir”.

MLA Rashid said if the Centre has a heart it can resettle the refugees from Pakistan in any other part of the country.

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    Jai Kumar
    Dec 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    Remove article 370 problem solved however it appears even 52 inch Chest will struggle on this account.
    1. A
      Dec 24, 2016 at 12:11 am
      I wish all the Muslims go to stan and Bangladesh AND all Hindus comes to India.
      1. M
        Mathaji Babaji
        Dec 24, 2016 at 12:32 am
        Why are Kashmiri Muslims who want to join stan ,not willing to help refugees from stan. After all the refugees are likely to be fellow Muslims. What happenned to the brotherhood, message of mercy from thr religion of piece. Where should these refugees go to? To Hindu India or Christian Europe? Pathetic Kahmiri Lunatics - Will you provide them shelter only if they come with a gun from across the border?
        1. M
          Dec 24, 2016 at 1:41 am
          These same people accommodating Rohingya refugees from "outside" but now they are protesting against their "own"! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Very strange this Islamic cult people!
          1. M
            Dec 24, 2016 at 3:25 am
            NORMAL people become peaceful after prayer and these people become violent. lt;br/gt;That's the reason why the world is suffering at the hand of this mob!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Friday must be the most violent day of the week thanks to the "religion of peace" send to earth directly by Allah!!
            1. P
              Dec 24, 2016 at 11:46 am
              Where are the Sickularist and leftist "intellectuals" now ?? - they wanted Europe to be generous and humane and take more Muslim refugees even though Europe is being subjected to Brutal terrorist attacks !lt;br/gt;Why are they silent - when Kashmiri muslims do not want non-muslim refugees from stan to be settled in Kahmir ??
              1. R
                Dec 24, 2016 at 12:06 am
                Great step ! Abolish 370 to have a lasting peace in JK
                1. Z
                  Dec 24, 2016 at 7:17 pm
                  Dear kanjri datta,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That's a nice one too..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;webkanjar!
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