Issuance of â€˜domicile certificateâ€™ to West Pakistan Refugees unacceptable â€“ Dr. Farooq Abdullah
Jammu | Tuesday, 27 December 2016: National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said the idea of issuing â€˜domicile certificatesâ€™ to West Pakistan Refugees was unacceptable and that National Conference wonâ€™t be a mute spectator to such extra-constitutional misadventures that aim at circumventing the Stateâ€™s special constitutional status and character.
Speaking to reporters after an event in Jammu, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said there was a clear effort to exploit the West Pakistan Refugee issue to further a traditional agenda of weakening the Stateâ€™s special status and eroding the State Subject Law. â€œThese belated sympathizers of the West Pakistan Refugees have never done anything to help them in the pursuit of their day-to-day challenges and are exploiting this issue now only to serve their own political interests. While we have always empathized with the refugees and will continue to do so, there is no denying the fact that they are not and can not become the State Subjects of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Any efforts by the State Government to the contrary will be unconstitutional and illegalâ€, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said.
â€œThe Governmentâ€™s excuse that certain certificates and documents are being issued to West Pakistan Refugees as proofs of identification are absurd justifications. West Pakistan Refugees have already been given Adhaar cards and before that other proofs of identity that enable them to apply for Central Government and other jobs. Why the present Government suddenly found the need to issue another form of an identity proof is incomprehensibleâ€, the National Conference President added.
The National Conference President also expressed serious concern over repeated statements by senior BJP functionaries on this sensitive issue calling this move a â€œfirst stepâ€ towards granting full citizenship rights to West Pakistan Refugees. â€œThese statements by senior BJP functionaries have exposed the intentions of the State Government. Contrary to explanations being provided by the PDP on this move, BJP leaders continue to maintain that this move is a first step in the direction of granting West Pakistan Refugees full State Subject rights. This then becomes a very serious problem and is a challenge for the State that will have to be confronted with responsibility and sincerity. National Conference will do everything necessary to ensure such machinations to erode the State’s special status are defeatedâ€, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said.