All allegations being heaped by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani regarding the settling of RSS and Sangh Parivar members in Kashmir Valley in the garb of return of Kashmiri Pandits is completely baseless, states Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing the press yesterday, Geelani claimed that the state government was chalking out plans of settling RSS and Sangh Parivar members in the Valley, projecting the return of Kashmiri Pandit migrants. Geelani piled allegations on the state government, accusing it of trying to change the area’s demography.
“Glad to see SASG’s (Syed Ali Shah Geelani) imagination and ability to create fiction has not dulled with age,” tweeted Omar on the micro-blogging site Twitter. The tweet was in response to the allegations piled by Geelani.
On Monday, the Hurriyat hardliner alleged that New Delhi is trying to “create a state within a state by coming up with settlements in the valley”, which according to him will result in “agitation against the “ploy”. “In the garb rehabilitating Kashmiri Pandits, New Delhi is planning to create Israeli-type settlements in Kashmir,” alleged Geelani, as he addressed the press meet.
The Hurriyat hardliner further alleged that people associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Sangparivar and other outsiders will be settled in Kashmir. “The aim is to change demography and the nature of Kashmir dispute…In these settlement colonies fundamentalists would be trained and armed to trigger civil war in Kashmir,” alleged Geelani. “Kashmiri Pandits should come and settle at their original places and live along with Kashmiri Muslim,” he added.
83 year old Geelani stated that he was not opposed to the return of Pandits, but said that they should return to the places where they stayed prior to their migration from the valley. but urged them to go to the places where they used to live before migration. However, Omar has declared that Geelani must be open about his stand on Kashmiri Pandits’ return. “If he wants to oppose Pandits’ return, he should say so,” the Chief Minister said.
In response to the possibility of migrant families having sold their dwellings, he said that the government must provide them “Rs. 30 lakh each to construct their houses at their original places. But creating separate zones in the name of Kashmiri pandits is unacceptable,” Geelani said and added that “Kashmiri Pandits are part of our society.” Geelani also pleaded to Kahmiri Pandits “not to accept this plan aimed at dividing our society and create civil strife.”
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