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PRESS RELEASE: 24-09-2011 The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar is upset on the Govt. programme for settlement of non-resident Kashmiris in the name of slum dwellers

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar is upset on the Govt. programme for settlement of non-resident Kashmiris in the name of slum dwellers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and terms the Govt. move as illegal and unconstitutional move to settle the non residents in the occupied territory of the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the pattern of the Israeli Govt. settles the Jews in occupied territories of Palestine in the name of settlement of the refugees. The people of J&K are disturbed on the news as has appeared in the papers that the state Govt. is going to settle 4.5 lac slum dwellers in Jammu and Kashmir among whom none is a permanent resident of the state of J&K. The settlement of these non resident Kashmiris is in violation of the provisions of the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, spirit of art. 370 and the sate subject rules prevalent in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The aim and object of settlement of slum dwellers in Jammu and Kashmir is to create a vote bank by the congress leaders in Jammu region and change the demography of the state of Jammu and Kashmir which would lead to polarization with political consequences. The Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association warns the Govt. on this issue and objects such a move of settlement of non Residents slum dwellers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. As a matter of fact in 1947 there has not been a single dweller recorded in the political and social history of the Jammu and Kashmir. After 1947 the Govt. of India has pushed the slum dwellers in the State of Jammu and Kashmir especially in Jammu region who have no right to be settled in Jammu and Kashmir on legal and political reasons. Neither law permits such settlement of dwellers who are not state subject of J&K nor the disputed character of the state of J&K allows the Govt. of India to change the demography of the state and thereto change the political nature of the dispute. The Bar Association takes a strong exception to the Govt. policy and condemns such moves as being anti-people and unconstitutional. The Bar Association equally feels sympathies with the original residents of Jammu region at whose rights and costs the Govt. plays politicking to create favorable vote banks. The Bar Association appeals the people of Jammu also to resist such moves and visualize the repercussions of the Govt. policy on their social fabric and economic interests. Before the Jammuites feel the heat of this Govt. policy in the near future it is appropriate for them and other regions to rise to the occasion and force the Govt. to desist from the policy of non-resident settlements in the state of J&K in the name of settlement of slum dwellers. The history is a witness to this fact that the state of J&K in 1947 was not holding any slum dweller and there is no question of slum dwellers as permanent residents of the State of J&K. the Bar Association invites attention of the people of J&K towards this grave issue and asks the political parties including the national conference and PDP to come forward before the people with clean hands on this grave issue. This issue is a national issue and doesnot pertain to a particular person or a community or a particular political party but it touches skin of all the permanent residents of the state of J&K irrespective of their cost, color, religion and regional aspirations. It is believed through reliable sources that Govt. of J&K at the instance of central Govt. is going to settle and give residential status to more than 4.5 lac slum dwellers.