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J-K separatists oppose permanent settlement of Pakistani refugees

The separatists have opposed the Parliament's proposal to permanently settle Pakistani refugees in northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was an attempt to tamper with state's demography. Separatist leaders met in Srinagar and discussed recommendations made by the Parliament panel to grant permanent resident status to refugees from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

india Updated: Jan 13, 2015 19:15 IST
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The separatists have opposed the Parliament's proposal to permanently settle Pakistani refugees in northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was an attempt to tamper with state's demography.

Separatist leaders met in Srinagar and discussed recommendations made by the Parliament panel to grant permanent resident status to refugees from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said they had decided to constitute a special group to make people aware about it.

Any step that is likely to impact the provincial legislation (law) and future shouldn't be undertaken until fundamental problem of Kashmir is addressed," said Farooq.

He added that some people want to impose agenda.

"The objective behind this policy is that some people are talking about demographic changes in Jammu and Kashmir and some people want to impose their agenda," added Farooq.

Thousands of people from Pakistan-administered Kashmir flocked to Indian side when both the nations went to war in 1947 over Muslim-majority Kashmir immediately after gaining independence from British rule.

First Published: Jan 13, 2015 13:24 IST