‘Abandon Sainik colony, KP township projects’

Terming the statements by PDP-BJP coalition government over Sainik Colony, townships for Kashmiri Pandits and New Industrial Policy as ‘vague’, ‘ambiguous’ and ‘confusing’, Hurriyat Conference (G), Hurriyat Conference (M) and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front have jointly called for protests against the moves on June 15.
‘Abandon Sainik colony, KP township projects’
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Terming the statements by PDP-BJP coalition government over Sainik Colony, townships for Kashmiri Pandits and New Industrial Policy as 'vague', 'ambiguous' and 'confusing', Hurriyat Conference (G), Hurriyat Conference (M) and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front have jointly called for protests against the moves on June 15. 

In a joint statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have appealed people to make the protest programmes "a success."

Geelani said as far as Sainik and Pandit colonies are concerned, there are no clear indications by the government whether they are abandoning the projects or not.

"The statements of government in and outside the Assembly are ambiguous and doubtful. The issue of Sainik colonies is being attributed to the previous government. Regarding Pandit colonies, Mehbooba Mufti has said in the House that sending them to their respective places would be like throwing 'pigeons in front of cats' and so transit colonies would be constructed for them," he said, adding, "The policy makers of New Delhi are firm over their decision but due to pressure of the public resentment, the state government is following a vague approach in this regard."

He cautioned that until the proposal of Pandit and Sainik colonies is abandoned, the pro-freedom leadership will continue to raise its voice in every possible way and create a public consensus. 

"To hold an intellectual discussion on this issue, we have decided to hold a joint seminar at Hyderpora on 12 June (Sunday) in which besides the pro-freedom leaders, the civil society members will also express their viewpoint over the topic "Separate Colonies and Ambiguous Policies of the Government."

Geelani said all pro-freedom leaders will hold a silent protest demonstration at Lal Chowk on June 15 (Tuesday). He said that the process of peaceful protest demonstrations will continue till the government clearly assures the public about abandoning the proposals of Sainik and Pandit colonies.

Strongly condemning continuous imprisonment of Muhammad Yasin Malik and other pro-freedom leaders, Geelani said, "Such undemocratic actions do not scare us."

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