May 2016 News

Mehbooba's Shocker For BJP: No Land For Sainik Colonies, Kashmiri Pandit Townships

20 May 2016
India Today
Bijaya Kumar Das

New Delhi: On the issue of allotment of land for establishing sainik colonies and separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits, PDP which leads the coalition government in the state of Jammu and Kashmir has categorically rejected ally BJP's proposal. The Mehbooba Mufti government has categorically said that there is no land in Kashmir for making Sainik colonies and there is no question of making exclusive colonies for Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. If there is a proposal it will have to be the one where everyone is allowed to live together. This could invite reactions from the Pandit community many of whom have been saying they need separate colonies to return to the valley. The PDP officially has said that there was a request for making such colonies but there was no land for it. Senior BJP leader like Tarun Vijay and Subramaniam Swamy have backed the proposal. Separatists oppose proposal Earlier, hard-line Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesay displayed a rare united show to corner Jammu and Kashmir government over establishing Sainik colony, separate townships for Kashmiri Pandits and industrial policy even though the state government stated that it has no plans to construct any such colony in Kashmir and will revise the industrial policy.