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Sainik colonies row: Separatists join hands to ‘resist demographic changes’ in Valley

After meeting leader of the moderate Hurriyat faction, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tuesday, separatist leader Yasin Malik on Wednesday met Syed Ali Shah Geelani to plan a joint strategy to counter the government’s moves.

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The Row over setting up of a Sainik colony, townships for Kashmiri Pandits and shelters for the “floating population” in the Valley has prompted separatists to come together to “resist the efforts of demographic changes”.

After meeting leader of the moderate Hurriyat faction, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tuesday, separatist leader Yasin Malik on Wednesday met Syed Ali Shah Geelani to plan a joint strategy to counter the government’s moves.

“The meeting thoroughly discussed the establishment of Sainik colony, separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits, introduction of a new Industrial Policy, construction of shelters for non-state labourers, NEET and the miserable condition of Jammu’s Muslims,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said. “It was decided that the pro-freedom organisations will jointly resist the implementation of RSS-agendas and a disciplined and an effective course of action will be formulated in this regard”.

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Though the J&K government has said that it has no plans to set-up a Sainik colony in the Valley, the controversy was raked up after reports that the government is planning to set up shelters for “floating population” and implement a new industrial policy that allows a non-state subject to get land on lease anywhere in Kashmir for 90 years. The government has already said the industrial policy would be reviewed.

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“Mehbooba Mufti and few of her ministers are lying to the people. They are keeping the people in the dark with regard to the dangerous policies of New Delhi,” Akbar said. “They (Geelani and Malik) said that Kashmiri people will do everything to safeguard their struggle, individuality and their Muslim identity and that the pro-freedom leadership will be at frontline of this movement”.

The separatists accused PDP of paving the way for “implementation of RSS agenda” in the state. “The policy makers of India want to change J&K’s demography and for this purpose the new communal government will use its entire force and machinery,” Akbar quoted Geelani and Malik as saying. “PDP in this regard is extending its every possible support to the RSS and this party has sold the entire Kashmiri nation for the chair of power”.

Terming the situation as “do or die”, the two leaders have warned that India is “planning a demographic change the way Isreal planned in Palestine”. “Very soon our condition will not be any better than the Palestine people who have been rendered homeless in their own land,” said Akbar. He added that the separatist leaders have “asked people to reaffirm their resolve that Indian rulers will have to go over their dead bodies to implement their vicious policies”.