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    IndiaEven grant of I-Cards to WP Refugees hurts Kashmiri hegemony

    Even grant of I-Cards to WP Refugees hurts Kashmiri hegemony


    Even grant of I-Cards to WP Refugees hurts Kashmiri hegemony

    Tawi, December 24 (KIP): Several parties including the VHP, Panthers
    Party and Bajrng Dal, all Jammu based parties have been supporting
    grant of citizenship rights to the refugees from West Pakistan on the
    plea that the issue is humanitarian in nature. The Panthers party and
    the VH have started accusing the BJP and the PDP of coming under the
    pressure of separatists and the centric parties.

    Chief of JKLF Mohd Yasin Malik has said he was prepared to be
    killed for protecting misuse of state subject laws. Other separatists
    said that those from Pakistan occupied have been already
    granted citizenship rights because Occupied Jammu Kashmir is part of
    undivided Jammu and Kashmir.

    Actually the separatists and other Kashmir centric organizations
    raised a hue and cry over rumors saying that West Pakistan refugees
    were being given state subject certificates when actually the
    Government's plan was to issue identity certificates. Separatists have
    one problem that has communal leaning. They allege that once these West Pakistan refugees were
    given citizenship rights it would alter the population ratio which is
    not a fact. Granting citizenship rights to less that, 80000 refugees
    will not alter population ratio because Kashmir valley as more than 98
    per cent Muslim population after the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in
    1990. is Muslim dominated area and Jammu has 35 per cent Muslim
    population. Hence giving citizenship rights to these West Pakistan
    refugees will not change the population ratio in the state.

    The issue of granting citizenship rights to these refugees has led to regional polarization with Jammuites while Kashmiris are opposing it.

    The need for issuing identity certificates rose after Pakistan has
    intensified infiltration of militants. Since majority of West Pakistan
    refugees lives in the border areas of Samba ,Kathua and Hiranagar they
    needed some identity certificates which could help them protect during
    search operation (KIP)

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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