The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said he would mobilize public opinion against the alleged plan of Bharitiya Janata Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coalition government to settle West Pakistan refugees in the state.
“The coalition government is carrying forward agenda of the previous regime to change demography of Jammu and Kashmir by settling West Pakistan refugees. We will oppose any such move tooth and nail and mobilize public opinion against it,” Geelani said in statement.
In their agenda, the BJP-PDP coalition government has stated that it would work out a one-time settlement for refugees from Pakistan administered Kashmir of 1947, 1965 and 1971.
“If Government of India is really concerned about welfare of West Pakistan refugees, they should settle them in other states. The fact is that New Delhi wants to settle non-state subjects in JK to change its demography and its Muslim majority status,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs recommended to grant Jammu & Kashmir Permanent Resident (State Subject) Status to refugees from erstwhile West Pakistan.