‘Won’t Allow Sainik Colony Come What May,’ says Yasin Malik

Muhammad Raafi


Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing a press conference in Srinagar on May 13, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing a press conference in Srinagar on May 13, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairperson, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Friday alleged that since Ms Mehbooba Mufti took over the reins of Jammu and Kashmir, “atrocities, killings and mayhems have increased manifold”.

Malik said that PDP-BJP Government spokesperson is being “used as a tool to concoct stories and lies”.

Addressing a press conference here, Malik said, “the government itself was confusing the people by constructing fabricated stories.” He was referring to reports of proposed “Sainik olony, KP Townships and Industrial Policy”.

“The (deputy) Home Minister of India contested the claims of Naeem Akhtar who said that the Union government was in the process of finding a suitable location for the proposed Composite Townships for Kashmiri Pandits,” Malik said.

Reiterating that the Pandits of the valley are part and parcel of J&K, Malik, however cautioned, “We will not allow the construction of Pandit colonies in Valley come what may. There are already near about 10,000 Pandits living with the Muslim brethren in Kashmir.” “There is no question of allowing composite colonies.”

He alleged that the proposed KP Townships are “on the pattern” of Israeli settlements in Palestine.  “We won’t allow it.”

Asking J&K government to clear the confusion about the issu, he said, “if it doesn’t happen, serious consequences will follow.”

On the issue of proposed “Sainik Colony”, Malik said, “be the Sainik a resident of J&K or not, no colony will be constructed nor will it be allowed.”

“There are one Lakh police personnel in the state and they stay in police colonies up till the age of superannuation and after that they move to their own/personal homes. Why to construct a Sainik colony for retired or for that matter in service Sainiks?” Malik questioned.

JKLF chief related the new industrial policy of J&K Government to that of East India Company. He said, “to occupy Indian sub-continent, British through East India Company adopted same tactics. The same policy is being adopted by India in J&K now.”

Malik warned government against such “anti-Kashmir policy” and said, “Hamaray Khoon ka ek ek Katra girey ga, Hum ye Honay nahi denge!”

Malik asked Kashmir’s industrialists and businessmen to remain away from this policy and otherwise “a call of social boycott would be issued against such people”.

Notably, after coming under severe criticism from people, Naeem Akhtar on Thursday said that PDP-BJP government will review the new Industrial Policy.

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