The West Pakistani Refugees should have been settled in the states other than J&K much earlier but India has deliberately kept the issue lingering only to haunt Kashmiris.
Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) leader and National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan Monday said had India been sincere and loyal to the West Pakistani Refugees it would have, during the past six decades, settled them in any state other than the J&K.
“But New Delhi deliberately put the issue of these refugees lingering only to use them for its anti-Kashmir designs. The West Pakistani Refugees should have been settled in the states other than J&K much earlier but India has deliberately kept the issue lingering only to haunt Kashmiris,” Khan said in a statement.
He, however, added that Kashmiris would never allow anyone to play with the demography of J&K unless and until the dispute is resolved in its historical perspective and according to the wishes of the people of Jammu Kashmir. “Refugees issue has nothing to do with religion but it is plainly a political issue,” he said.
Terming Kashmiris the most humble souls on earth, Khan said, “But, we cannot compromise with our political interests as well.”He added, “We do not need lessons on humanity from those pro-India people who use such terminology only to manage an enhancement in their remunerations. Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally proclaimed dispute who’s continuous disputed nature is not only hurting its inhabitants since 1947 but the refugees also who had taken shelter in Punjab first but later were shifted to Jammu.” Appealing India to shun its “anti-Kashmir” Nayeem Khan demanded that West Pakistani Refugees should be taken out of J&K and settled anywhere in the vast India so that these refugees can enjoy citizenship rights.
He also said that settling WP Refugees in J&K is against the interests of the state as a whole so Jammuites and Valleyites should jointly fight to get these refugees out of the J&K.
“Those who desperately try to regionalize the issue are in fact working against the joint interests of Jammu and Kashmir,” Khan said adding “The people of Jammu division should reject the elements that mingle religion and regional sentiments with the refugee issue.”