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JKLF chief Yasin Malik opposes land for Kashmiri Pandit colony in Kashmir valley

JKLF chairman Yasin Malik said his party will oppose tooth and nail the move to allot such settlements in Kashmir.

Mufti Islah |

Updated:April 8, 2015, 3:39 PM IST
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JKLF chief Yasin Malik opposes land for Kashmiri Pandit colony in Kashmir valley
JKLF chairman Yasin Malik said his party will oppose tooth and nail the move to allot such settlements in Kashmir.
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Srinagar: A day after Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed assured the Centre of providing land for a composite colony of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, the separatist leadership is up against arms, calling the move a 'conspiracy against Muslims'.

JKLF chairman Yasin Malik announced that his outfit will oppose the move to allot such settlements in Kashmir tooth and nail. He said, "We will protest on Friday and Saturday should be a shutdown."

Malik was reacting to Sayeed meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday and telling him that Jammu and Kashmir government would acquire and provide land at the earliest for composite townships for displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants in the Valley.

PDP spokesperson Md Naeem earlier on Wednesday said, "Government is bound to bring back Kashmiri Pandits who are a part of our life with honour and dignity."

Sayeed was told by the Home Minister that he should provide land for the Kashmiri pandits, who had to leave the Valley after in the wake of militancy more than two decades back.

Singh had written a letter to the previous Omar Abdullah government, which was followed by another communication to state Governor NN Vohra asking for identification of land for such migrants.

At present, there are about 62,000 registered Kashmiri migrant families in the country, who have moved from the Valley to Jammu, Delhi and other parts of the country after the state was rocked by militancy in 1989.

The BJP-PDP alliance in the state has mentioned rehabilitation of Kashmiri pandits in their common minimum programme.

The Home Minister asked Sayeed to provide land in the state for composite townships for Kashmiri Pandits and the Chief Minister "assured the Union Home Minister that the State Government will acquire and provide land at the earliest," an official statement said.

During the budget for 2015-16, Rs 580 crore has been earmarked by the Centre for rehabilitation of migrants.

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