Dr Beg opposes State Subject status to refugees

‘GoI Can Rehabilitate Them In Any Part Of Country’


New Delhi, Dec 15: Senior National Conference (NC) leader and Member Parliament, Dr Mehboob Beg, Saturday told Lok Sabha that Government of India can rehabilitate West Pakistan refugees in any part of India but not in J&K.
Opposing granting these refugees, presently living in Jammu, State Subject rights in J&K, Beg said; “Indian citizenship does not confer the title of State Subject on an individual. The State Subject status was granted to the residents of J&K by Maharaja Hari Singh on the demand of Kashmiri Pandits. Now this has to be preserved and saved to preserve the Muslim majority status of the State and its uniqueness and special identity.”
Dr Beg was speaking on the private member’s resolution: “Persons migrated from Pakistan to India and settled in various parts of the country: this House urges upon the Government to take steps to grant them citizenship and formulate action plan to extend them facilities as are available to other citizens of the country.”
Beg was intercepted by some BJP leaders saying, “You have made Kashmiri Pandits refugees in their own homeland.”
On this, Beg replied, “While we are proud of having preserved communal harmony even during 1947 communal riots which engulfed the entire country, we cannot hold our head high unless we get our Pandit community back to their homes.”
Dr Beg said rather than granting the West Pakistan refugees Indian citizenship, the GoI should take up this issue in the UN and other international fora and make sure that all minorities are safe in their own countries. He further stressed that India on its part should not allow ‘sad happenings like the one which happened in Gujarat’ in 2002.
Mehboob Beg said that had Ali Muhammad Jinnah lived longer, he would have certainly created a secular-democratic Pakistan ‘which even L.K. Advani admitted while in Pakistan and was punished for it.’
During his speech, Mehboob Beg quoted Jinnah's historic speech which he made after creating Pakistan: “From today onwards you cease to be a Muslim, a Hindu, a Sikh or a Christian, not in the sense that you will stop going to mosques, temples and churches but in the sense that you are all Pakistanis."

Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 15 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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