Hurriyat(M) Forms Panel To ‘Facilitate Return Of KPs’


SRINAGAR — The Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference has decided to form a committee to “facilitate the return of Kashmiri Pandits.”

A delegation of Kashmiri Pandits led by Satish Mahaldar met leaders of the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference here.

“The meeting was in continuation of the previous meeting the delegation had with chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his residence last month regarding the return of Pandits to Kashmir and initiating a sustained inter-community dialogue to build mutual trust,” a Hurriyat spokesman said in  a statement.

 “The meeting was very cordial and all Hurriyat Conference members assured the delegation of their deep desire and that of the Muslims of the valley to see Kashmiri Pandits back in Kashmir.”

“It was decided that the suggestions given by the delegation will in all sincerity and seriousness be discussed with a broad cross-section of society including civil society members, religious organizations, those Kashmiri Pandits already staying here and others in order to make it inclusive and broad-based,” the spokesman said.

“In this regard, the decision to form a committee was taken that would take the process forward to facilitate Kashmiri Pandits early return. The delegation thanked APHC and lauded its efforts.”

Last month, a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits visiting the valley in connection with Mela Kheer Bhawani, had called on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence.

“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. They said that they 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,” a statement issued by the Hurriyat faction had said.

“They said that as land prices are much high than since before, they would not be able to afford individual plots and homes, so they suggest that in each district of the valley some land may be allocated to them where they can build affordable flats in which they can live. They said that members of other communities can also buy flats there if they want. They do not want segregation but want to live together,” the statement had said.



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