“The refugees from West Pakistan are in every respect the citizens of India and granting them permanent citizenship of Jammu Kashmir.
Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik said the proposal of granting permanent citizenship of Jammu Kashmir to refugees from West Pakistan was actually “an attack on very existence of the people of state,” and reiterated his pledge to defend the state’s special status “at any cost and under all circumstances.”
“Indian leaders especially those belonging to Jammu should know that Kashmiris will defend the special status of Jammu Kashmir even at the cost of their lives. As humans we also share the pain of refugees from West Pakistan, but if Indian state, its Parliament, political parties and religious fanatics of Jammu are concerned about these humans, why don’t they settle them permanently in states of India like Punjab, Haryana, and U.P,” he said in a statement.
“The refugees from West Pakistan are in every respect the citizens of India and granting them permanent citizenship of Jammu Kashmir, right to vote is a conspiracy to destroy the existing social fabric of Jammu Kashmir, change the demography of the state and destroy its majority Muslim status,” he said.
“People of Jammu Kashmir will never remain silent spectators over these conspiracies and we will defend the special status of Jammu Kashmir, its Muslim character, its ecology and environment even at the cost of their lives,” Yasin Malik said.
He said “Indian ministers, especially those belonging to Jammu are day in and out issuing statements about these refugees. These hate mongers have always tried to ignite the environment of Jammu Kashmir through their dirty politics, but they should know that people of Jammu Kashmir will never let their conspiracies to succeed. These Indian ministers should shun their daydreaming about changing demography of Jammu Kashmir in the garb of West Pakistan refugees.”