Reacting sharply to the reports that the Government of India is planning to make major announcements for West Pak, PAK, Chhamb refugees presently staying in Jammu, the Huriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Geelani Thursday stated that the amalgam will come up with its stand on the issue and ‘will oppose any settlement programmes vehemently’.
The Huriyat (G) stated that the “attempt to change the demography” will be strongly opposed and that the conglomerate will come up with its detailed stand vis-à-vis this issue in the near future. “We are keenly monitoring the situation and also the reports that are coming up over providing permanent settlement to the Pak refugees in Jammu region,” said Huriyat (G) chief spokesperson Ayaz Akbar.
He further said that the amalgam is preparing a ground report and the same shall be presented before the people of Kashmir in a near future. “This is for sure that we will not allow anyone to fiddle with the demography of Jammu and Kashmir,” remarked Akbar. He added that this time, the amalgam will not be limited to the issuance of the statement over the issue but people will be completely informed about the state that Syed Ali Geelani shall take to confront the crises.
Pertinently, the reports in the recent past came to fore that Government of India (GOI) has asked its Intelligence agencies to conduct detailed survey of all the refugees including their numbers, families, localities inhabited by them and their demands for which they had been ‘struggling for years together but never got any justice from the successive Governments except for the assurances.
Huriyat (G) in the January last year had stated that New Delhi through its “stooges” in Jammu and Kashmir was finding ways and means to “damage the State Constitution.” “Such efforts are on since 1947 and now issuing permanent resident certificates to West Pakistan refugees is another such move,” the spokesman had said in a statement issued on January 10, 2013. He had further maintained that New Delhi was deliberately taking “these steps to justify its control in J&K.” “The West Pakistan refugees were never residents of J&K and there is no legal or constitutional obligation to provide them with PRCs.”