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Posted by : Romesh Kumar on | Jun 18,2015

But JK govt did grant citizenship rights to Muslim refugees from Xinjiang, Tibet WP Refugees Victims Of Perverted Secularism 2/10/2012 12:22:19 AM Rustam Jammu, Feb 9: The Hindu refugees from West Pakistan, as everyone knows, have been moving heaven and earth in Jammu and Kashmir and New Delhi since 1947 to obtain citizenship rights in the state so that they could also lead a dignified life, but with no result. (They migrated to Jammu in the aftermath of the country's communal partition to save their life, honour, culture and religion. The fanatics and ardent believers in the concept of 2-nation were after them. These minority Hindus had two options: persecution and conversion or migration; they exercised the second option and migrated to Jammu and elsewhere in India.) All the Kashmir-based parties, including the NC, and the so-called secular and democratic Congress have been opposing the demand on the grounds that the grant of citizenship rights to the refugees from West Pakistan would transform the demographic profile of Jammu province and enable it to return to the assembly more representatives and that such a step would also erode the special status as it has been enjoying since 1950 under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Believe it or not, but it is a fact that the state government did grant citizenship rights to the Muslim refugees from the Xinjiang Province of China and Tibet. The Jammu and Kashmir Government not only granted citizenship rights to the Muslim refugees from China and Tibet but they were also settled in the Eidgah area of Srinagar, stronghold of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. It bears recalling that a number Uyghur Muslims had migrated to Kashmir from Xinjiang province of China in 1952 to escape the wrath of Beijing/Communists. The Uyghur Muslims were concentrated in and around Urumqi, capital city of northwestern Xinjiang province. They were angry with the Chinese Communist regime because it was changing the demography of the area by settling Hans in order to check the rise of religious fundamentalism in the area. China has been keeping a strict vigil on Urmuqi as well as the border town of Kashghar, which is located close to the Pakistan-occupied-Jammu and Kashmir (POJK). Even today this restive province is witnessing large scale violence and terrorist activities and nearly 200 people have been killed and large numbers injured in riots by Uyghurs protesting over the growing settlement of Hans. The areas have also witnessed periodic violent attacks staged by the separatist East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). To contain the separatist violence, the Chinese are using the Snow Leopard force against them. The Snow Leopard force is China's best known anti-terrorism unit in Urmuqi and Kashghar. Any way, this is not the issue. The issue is the grant of citizenship rights to the Uyghurs who migrated to Kashmir in 1952 and their settlement in the Eidgah area of Srinagar. The issue is the grant of citizenship rights to the Muslim families who migrated from Tibet to Kashmir in the wake of the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Tibet and their settlement, again, in the Eidgah area of Srinagar. The grant of citizenship rights to Uyghurs and Tibetan Muslims and their settlement in Kashmir should expose the Indian political leadership and establish that it has two yardsticks, one for the Muslim refugees and another for the Hindu refugees. This could happen only in India. It must remain a matter of shame for those who masquerade as secularists and democrats but make invidious and humiliating distinctions between the Hindu refugees from West Pakistan, part of undivided British India, and Muslim refugees from foreign countries, including China and Tibet, now under the illegal occupation of Beijing.

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