Kashmiri migrant pandits have sought help of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for their return to and settlement in the Valley.
“A delegation of Kashmiri Pandits visiting the valley in connection with Mela Kheer Bhawani, called on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence today. The delegation was led by Satish Kumar and Nathil Razdan who said that are a group of ordinary Kashmiris and not affiliated with any organisation. Members of the delegation told the Mirwaiz that they and hundreds like them are extremely eager to return to their homeland and seek his help in this regard,” a statement issued here today by Hurriyat (M) spokesman stated.
“We do not want to live in separate and segregated colonies as is being suggested by authorities but like in the past want to live among all in common neighborhoods,” the spokesman, quoted the Pandit delegation as having told Mirwaiz.
“As land prices are much higher than before, we will not be able to afford individual plots and homes, so we suggest that in each district of the valley some land may be allocated to us where we can build affordable flats in which they can live,” the Pandits said, adding that “The members of other communities can also buy flats there if they want. We do not want segregation but want to live together.”
“The delegation told the Mirwaiz that they being a part and parcel of the Kashmir society and its composite ethos, are as much pained by what is happening here as their Muslim brethren. They said that many claim to represent them, but in reality most are exploiting their situation and deep emotional desire to come back, rather than doing much about it,” the Hurriyat statement reads.
“Mirwaiz told the delegation that he empathises with their pining to return and assured them that all Kashmiri Muslims want them to come back and live together as before, as Kashmir belongs to them as much as it does to those who did not leave,” statement stated
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