Move to settle West Pakistan refugees aimed at altering demography: NC

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 19:44 IST

Terming the recommendations of the Joint Parliamentary Committee for settling the West Pakistan refugees permanently in Jammu and Kashmir as anti-state, general secretary National Conference (NC) advocate Ali Mohammad Sagar on Saturday said such recommendations are aimed at changing the demography of the state.

Sagar while addressing the district working committees meetings from Baramulla and Kupwara districts, said that the recommendations of the Joint Parliamentary Committee are unacceptable and is a wicked conspiracy to tamper with the special status of the state.

"The Joint Parliamentary Committee's recommendations for the permanent settlement of West Pakistan refugees in the state is a wicked conspiracy to change the demography of the state and to alter the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir state," Sagar said, while addressing the meetings.

He said the anti-Jammu and Kashmir elements, since the day one, have been adopting different tactics to change the demography of the state and today they have raked up such issue again.

"Different parliamentary committees have recommended many different things for the state like the return of the power projects to J&K, restoration of autonomy, and revoking the black laws like AFSPA from the state, but all the government there in Centre banned these recommendations," Sagar said adding, "Now that the another JPC has made recommendations for settling West Pakistan refugees, and giving them the citizenship and voting rights, the Centre seems like in a hurry to make this happen as soon as possible, we can smell a rat in these recommendations."

He said conspiracies like these were even hatched in 2008, when there were attempts to transfer land to the shrine board, which was a dangerous attempt to fiddle with special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

"But the fallout of the land row agitation proved to be dangerous which was witnessed by the country and entire world," he said, adding "As per the article 370 and the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, no non-state residents can get state subject or the voting rights."

He said to protect the Article 370 and the state subject law, the National Conference can offer any kind of sacrifice.

"It's highly unfortunate that some regional parties are part and parcel of these conspiracies, the example of which is the PDP which brought the Women's Rights Bill and Transfer of Property Bill in the legislative assembly which were the first overt steps to weaken the Constitution of the state. Even then, the National Conference opposed these moves tooth and nail," Sagar said.

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