LA Passes Resolution for Return of Kashmir Migrants

Jammu: After National Conference working President and former chief minister Omar Abdullah urged the government to pass a resolution on bringing back Kashmiri migrants including Pandits, Sikhs and Muslims, who left Kashmir due to turmoil, speaker Kavinder Gupta Thursday passed the resolution after the government’s nod.

Parliamentary Affairs minister, Ab Rahman Veeri said, “We accept the need to bring our people back who left and thus a resolution is being passed here.”

“They are our part, bringing them back is what keeps our conscience alive,” he said.

Earlier, Omar Abdullah had urged the government to pass a resolution to bring back Pandits and others who left Kashmir due to turmoil.

While speaking in the Legislative Assembly Omar said, “We should all come together and pass a resolution so that Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and even Muslims who left Kashmir due to the turmoil can be resettled and made to come back to their homes.”

“Today it has been 27 years since they left valley,” he said, “And we all should rise above politics and pass a resolution for their comeback.”
 

 A ‘political gimmick’, says Rasheed

Independent legislator, Engineer Rasheed termed the move a gimmick aimed at scoring of political points.

The first thing governments need to do is to talk with the genuine representatives of these people who have left Kashmir, Rasheed said while talking to reporters outside the Assembly.

 Nothing happens by passing resolutions, had it been so National Conference would have passed the autonomy resolution, he said, “People don’t come home by resolutions.”

He also said that the people who left Kashmir, left on their own and no one forced them to do so. “If the fear was militancy, it is still there in Kashmir.”

We welcome Pandits and they should come and live in their homes, but the settlements won’t be acceptable, Rasheed said.

“Government should also look to bring back the people who got dislocated during the partition and have settled in Pakistan,” he said

Hurriyat reacts, says don’t forget 1.5 million migrants in Pck

Terming the resolutions passed by the government for return of Kashmiri migrants as ‘incomplete, Hurriyat (G) on Thursday said that the resolution will be completed only after all the migrants will be allowed to return to Valley.

Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said, “The resolution passed by the government today is incomplete until and unless the 1.5 million Kashmiris who were forced to migrate from Valley in the year 1947, 1965 and 1971 will be called back to Kashmir.”

He said, “15 lakh people in the mentioned years were forced to migrate from Valley and are currently residing in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.”

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