Malik calls for shutdown on Saturday

Neyaz Elahi

Srinagar: Accusing Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed of being hand in glove with the Rashtriya Swamik Sangh, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik Wednesday said that Mufti is heading the state to implement the agenda of RSS in Kashmir. He called for peaceful dharna at historical Ghanta Ghar on Friday and complete shutdown in Valley on Saturday, to oppose the proposed separate colony for Kashmiri Pandits.

Addressing a news conference in Srinagar, he asked the Indian civil society to define the term ‘Composite Culture’ adding, “Separate colony for KPs is a conspiracy to build the walls of hate in the name of religion.”

Pertinently, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday asked the J&K Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to provide land in the State for “composite townships” for Kashmiri Pandits.

Malik said that freedom camp has repeatedly appealed KPs to come back to their homeland (Valley) and settle their in our houses.

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“We strongly support that KPs should return to Valley. They have equal rights to live here with dignity and honour as I have. They are our brothers and sisters. However, any conspiracy to build the walls of hate will not be allowed to construct on the name of religion,” he said.

He added that universally admitted ‘Composite Culture’ of Kashmir should be restored rather than following the strategy of Israel to build separate colonies, resulting in spreading hate.

“We are holding peaceful dharna at Ghanta Ghar on Friday and urge people to join us to oppose the proposed move. I also appeal people to observe complete shutdown on Saturday to express resentment against the proposed move,” Malik added.

He said that in Valley there are scores of business establishments run by Kashmiri Pandits. “We have schools which have administered and have staff of Kashmiri Pandits while the Muslim students are perusing their education in these schools. The major pharmacy medical shops are run by KPs and Muslims are their customers,” he said.

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He questioned that if the authorities want to these KPs to shut their business here and settle in the separate colony. “Settling KPs in the separate colony is not composite culture. In 1947, when whole India was witnessing communal disharmony, Kashmir was only the ray of hope where all religions observed communal harmony and it was also admitted by the father of Indian nation MK Gandhi,” he added.

He also questioned the silence of Indian civil society over the proposed move of authorities. “Indian civil society has always pledged for the composite culture of Valley. I want to ask them why they are silent over the proposed move of the authorities,” he said. (CNS)