Kashmir lawyers’ body opposes ‘separate townships’

Kashmir lawyers’ body opposes ‘separate townships’

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The High Court Bar Association of Kashmir today opposed the state government’s plan of setting aside 50 acres of land to construct a separate township for Kashmiri Pandits.

The Bar argued that such a move would create a wedge between the returning migrants and the locals.

“By rehabilitating the Kashmiri Pandits in those colonies, a wedge would be created between the Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims and it will also create hatred and disharmony amongst them,” PTI quoted the association saying.

The Bar opposed the move, saying that the Kashmiri Pandits are a part of Kashmiri culture and are at liberty to live anywhere, but not in colonies to be established for them by the government.

“It is for the Kashmiri Pandits to return or not to return to Kashmir, and the government has no role in forcing or facilitating their return and settlement in the colonies, to be exclusively meant for them. Settlement of the Kashmiri Pandits in these colonies will have social and political ramifications,” it added.