January 2016 News

Rehabilitate Kashmiri Migrants In PaK: Geelani To Sharif

30 January 2016
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today urged the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif to address the problems being faced by Kashmiri migrants residing in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). 'I appeal to the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pay attention towards the miseries and rehabilitation of those Kashmiri people who were forced to migrate to PaK and whose ways of return to their native places have been blocked by at present,' Geelani said in a statement today. 'During the past 25 years over 40,000 people have been forced to migrate to PaK. There are about 15 lakh Kashmiri people who left their homes and moved to Pakistan and PaK and most of them are from the Jammu region. Their properties and their lands have been illegally occupied by the extremists' here and this sensitive issue is being ignored from the long time. The condition of the Kashmiri migrants of 1947, 1965 and 1971 is although stable and satisfactory now but the families who crossed over for the last 25 years are in a very bad condition and they are living a miserable life there,' Geelani said, adding that 'According to the reports, the number of these families is 7000 who have migrated from the border areas of the Jammu and Kashmir to the PaK due to the oppression. Most of them are living in rented accommodations and their financial position is very weak.' 'Kashmir is reckoned as the most sensitive conflict zone in the world and the people of this region who are left homeless due to the prevailing political uncertainty and the instability in the region deserve the special attention of the whole world particularly the Muslim countries. Pakistan is an important party to this dispute so this country has prime responsibility to pay its special attention towards those displaced people and rehabilitate them on priority basis,' Geelani said. He said, 'As the Kashmir Solidarity Day is being celebrated in Pakistan, I humbly appeal to the Pakistan Prime Minister, Pakistan President, Pakistan Army and the people of this country to take serious notice of the conditions of more than 40,000 Kashmiri migrants and take effective to address their issues.'