WP refugees have every right to stake claim on citizenship: BJP

KL News Network

Srinagar

A faction of Hurriyat Conference holding a protest demonstration against WP refugees in Srinagar.
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

BJP Sunday said that it will back for issuing domicile certificates to West Pakistan refugees.

The BJP state general secretary (organisation), Ashok Koul, said that BJP was not going to compromise on the issue, tribuneindia reported.

Koul said that since these refugees had been living in different parts of the Jammu region since 1947, they had every right to stake a claim on citizenship like other residents of the state. He claimed that the granting of rights to WPRs was purely a “humanitarian” issue and some political parties had launched a campaign only for petty political gains, the report added.

The granting of citizenship rights to these refuges was part of the BJP’s agenda in J&K before it formed government with the PDP.

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