Mainstream, Separatists Oppose Sainik Colony In Kashmir

17 August 2015
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Mainstream as well as separatist are up in arms against reported move of the J&K Government to establish Sainik colony for ex-service men from Army and other force personnel in central Kashmir's Budgam district. Ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday said that not a single non-local soldier working or retired from Indian Army would be allowed to settle in 'Sanik Colony' reportedly coming up at Humhama in the outskirts of Srinagar city. 'If ever a colony will come up, only those soldiers and ex-servicemen will settle there who will be the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. It will be totally against the spirit of special status of Jammu and Kashmir if any non-local soldier will be allowed to settle their permanently,' the PDP spokesperson Dr Mehboob Beigh told CNS. 'Settling of Indian soldiers in Kashmir, raising questions over the credentials of Article 370 and challenging Article 35A of the Constitution are all inconceivable and unthinkable metaphors.' Beigh said that wrong information is being spread that non-state subject people working in Indian Army or retired will be allotted plots. 'It is dead impossible. A non-state subject cannot settle here and to allot a plot to him or them is out of question. There are people living in Jammu and Kashmir who do jobs in Indian Army and they being the permanent residents of the State have right to settle here,' Beigh said adding that though land for 'Soldier Colony' has been identified but the proposal has not been cleared by the State Government. 'Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has categorically asked BJP led Central Government to respect the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and he will not allow any erosion in Article 370,' Dr Mehboob Beigh said. The Additional General Sectary National Conference, Dr Mustafa Kamal said, 'It is as sample that any person in uniform or without uniform can't buy land here' and any move would be fought tooth and nail. 'Our state has special status, position, and nobody can change it,' Dr Kamal told Greater Kashmir adding that BJP is working against minorities. 'We are Muslims and they are working against us. They are hurting us but we will not allow anybody to change demography of the state,' he said. 'It is not possible.' Dr Kamaal said Indian Army has illegally occupied thousands of kanals of land. 'They occupied it when Jagmohan was here as Governor. They must vacate.' The CPI(M) General Secretary, M Y Tarigami said that Government must come out with facts. 'How come they will establish colony. Nobody from outside can purchase land here,' he said. While out rightly rejecting the plans of the government of permanently settling the retired Indian army personals or their children in Jammu & Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani said that Jammu Kashmir is an internationally accepted disputed territory and the decision regarding its future is still pending so the settling or allotting of land to any army personal or any citizen of India on this disputed land is the clear violation of the international rules and it has no constitutional or moral justification. 'Jammu & Kashmir is not any legal part of Indian like the states of Bihar, UP or Maharashtra and its status is totally different from them. Issuing citizenship of this state to any Indian national is totally against the constitution of this state and the Indian government doesn't have powers to amend the state constitution,' Geelani said in a statement and cautioned that allotting of any land to the retired army personals of India in Jammu & Kashmir will be a grave mistake on the part of government which will have serious consequences and the pro-freedom people will come on roads to protest against this move. Hurriyat (G) Chairman said that the Hurriyat conference had called an important meeting of its advisory council (Majlish Shoora) on July 22 on this serious and vital issue which discussed all the aspects of this issue and in which the government was cautioned that this plan will not be allowed to succeed here in any way and if any land is allotted to any Indian army personal in Jammu & Kashmir. 'We will launch a public movement against that.' While terming the attitude of the Mufti government on this sensitive issue as ambiguous and suspicious, the pro-freedom leader said that the Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar had said that he had sent directions to the state government in Srinagar on July 16 for taking appropriate action in the allotment of the state land to the former Indian army personals but Mufti Sayeed government is still to say anything about that order and nor has he refuted or supported it. 'Mufti should clear the stand of the state government on this sensitive issue before the general public that are they going to accept this unconstitutional order of the Indian defense minister or will they this time protect the state constitution. Permanent settlement of former Indian army personals on this land is an attempt to harm the special status and disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir and the people of the state will not allow any such plan to succeed.' Besides, Geelani said that the entire pro-freedom leadership, Hurriyat Conference has decided to consult law experts and people related to every walk of life and have agreed to mobilize public consensus in this regard. Hurriyat has also appealed the world bodies to play their role in stopping India from fiddling with the disputed nature of Jammu & Kashmir. Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik termed the issue serious and sensitive for every Kashmiri. He has called a meeting today to deliberate upon the issue. 'This is serious and sensitive for every Kashmir. We will not remain silent on this very sensitive issue which is very much related the existence of Kashmiri people. Therefore we have decided to have consultations with all groups that pro-freedom, traders, bar association, civil society and other groups.' Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed it a conspiracy to change demography of Kashmir. He said that the issue is of grave concern and would be fought tooth and nail. 'Sanik colony is a conspiracy. These conspiracies by RSS and allies are not new,' Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir. 'Mufti should come clean on the issue.' He said he has called an important meeting after two to discuss the issue. The Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah has also expressed strong resentment over the reports regarding the creation of Sanik colonies and the settlement of retired Army personnel. He said creating such Israel type colonies is totally 'unacceptable'. 'if any attempt to play with the demography of the state is carried out.We'll never allow such kind of conspiracies against the state succeed at any cost.'