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Geelani opposes separate zones for KPs

PTI 11 Jun 2014, 21:14:33 PM IST
Srinagar: Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani today threatened agitation if the Centre carved out separate zones for Kashmiri migrant pandits in the valley and rehabilitate the Pakistani refugees in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Kashmiri pandits are part and parcel of Kashmiri society and are our brethren. We will welcome their return to their homeland,” he told a gathering outside his Hyderpora residence here.

Geelani, however, said the Hurriyat would oppose any attempt aimed at settling the pandits in separate zones and villages.

“It is a deep-rooted conspiracy to create separate zones for the community. The only purpose behind this is to divide our society,” the chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat said.

Geelani vehemently opposed any plan to rehabilitate Pakistani migrants in the state.

“We outrightly reject the plan of the government to provide domicile certificates to Pakistani refugees settled in Jammu region.

“It is a conspiracy to change the demographic character of the state and we will organise public opinion against the move,” he said.