Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik has strongly objected to a government plan to construct colonies for army soldiers and officers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
“Whether the soldier is a resident of Jammu and Kashmir or is a resident of India, we will not accept this colony on any grounds. Tomorrow, you will ask for land to build colonies for CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and BSF (Border Security Force). Already a lot of land has been given to the army,” Malik told media here on Friday.
 
In April 2015, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, N.N. Vohra, approved the establishment of army colony in Srinagar and said that 21.6 acres of land had been identified for the colonies.
 
However, under severe criticism, the state government has denied the allotment of land to army colonies.
 
Malik also claimed that “atrocities” on native Kashmiris have risen ever since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine came to power in the state last year.
 
He also protested against the creation of separate settlements for Kashmiri Hindus in the state.