Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) refugees under the umbrella of Pakistan occupied Jammu Kashmir refugees Front (PoJK) staged a protest on Friday accusing the ruling coalition partners, National Conference and Congress party, for deliberately scuttling the draft package for the final settlement of these refugees.
Led by PoJK Front president Rachhpal Singh Chib, the refugees accused the government of its discriminatory attitude towards the families, who have been uprooted from Mirpur, Bhimber, Deva, Watala, Chhamb, Nah, Manawar, Kotli, Muzaffarabad, Palandari, Poonch and Baagh during the Indo-Pak wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971.
The refugees raised anti-government slogans. Chib, while addressing a gathering, said, "The state government had submitted a draft to the parliamentary committee of home affairs on November 7, 2013 for the final settlement package of PoK refugees. Thereafter, they had promised to implement the same after getting nod from the state cabinet. However, instead of fulfilling the promise, the government referred the draft to a committee headed by its finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather for consideration. This action of the government shows its intentions. It was well planned for negating the recommendations of the home ministry."
Chib added that the Front had been protesting in support of their final settlement package according to the state cabinet order. "But the state government being run by the NC-Congress coalition, adopted an attitude of neglect towards these families," he said.
He said that if the government failed to approve their draft before the assembly elections due in November, the refugees would vote against both the NC and Congress candidates.
"We will teach them (NC-Congress) a lesson, as we have shown them in the recently held parliamentary elections, where they lost the seats from Jammu region", he added.