‘The PM has assured to resolve the WPR issue’ – Labha Ram Gandhi


A delegation from Jammu and Kashmir had recently met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the problem of citizenship rights for the West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs). WPR Chief, Labha Ram Gandhi, is back in Jammu after having met the PM and U4U Voice had an opportunity to have a one on one conversation with him with regards to the discussion he ad with Mr. Modi on the issue of West Pak Refugees.

Labha Ram Gandhi

In the foremost of things Mr. Gandhi emphasized on the Election Promise made by the BJP that was centered around the Citizenship rights as well as permanent settlement of the West Pak Refugees. He said, “The permanent settlement of West Pak Refugees also became a part of the common minimum program of the BJP-PDP but it has been two months already and no real action to resolve the problems of the West Pakistan Refugees has been taken. This is why we started raising our voice and I finally went to see the Prime Minister so that our decades old troubles were heard.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is well aware of this neglected case of the WPRs as he is known to have personally seen over the elections and then the formation of alliance with PDP. On the meeting with the PM, Labha Gandhi said, “The Prime Minister has sought for a detailed report on various issues related to West Pakistan refugees settled in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Modi has assured that this genuine problem of the WPRs will be addressed within months.”

This development took place after a delegation of the West Pakistan refugees led by state BJP chief and Jammu MP, Jugal Kishore Sharma, met Modi and sought his intervention in the matter. The delegation also included Rajya Sabha MP Shamsher Singh Manhas, BJP’s state in-charge Avinash Rai Khanna, Labha Ram Gandhi, chief of West Pakistan Refugees Committee and others.

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