Kashmiri Pandits Have Every Right to Return their Homeland: Yasin Malik

Srinagar: Jammu&Kashmir Youth Council Headed by Muhammad Tauseed Mir organized a round table conference on the topic of “Displacement and return of Kashmiri Pandits”, at local hotel in Srinagar in which people from different walks of life participated and delivered their views. Chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik was the chief guest, other Guests of Honor included N B Vishan Renowned Educationist and Social Activist, Rajiv Vora Renowned Ghandian and Head of Swaraj Peeth Organisation, Jagmohan Singh Raina Head All Sikh Coordination Committee, JKLF (H) Chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir, Pandith Shukla (Pradhan Yatri Nivas and Dharmarth Trust) Lawyers Club President Advocate Babar Qadri apart from other journalists, intellectuals, social activists, students etc.

In his presidential address, Yasin Malik opposed building composite townships for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir, calling these as “townships of hatred” However; he said migrant Kashmiri Pandits have every right to return to their ancestral land. “Pandits form an integral part and parcel of our nation. Every pro-freedom leader has appealed them to return home. Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani has also appealed them to return to their homes,” he added.

JKLF (H) Chairman Javaid Ahmad Mir on the occasion said, creating separate townships for pandits is inspired by Israeli tactics in Palestine and labeled it as part of Hindu-right wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) plan to create communal divide in Kashmir. “In 1947, minorities weren’t even touched in the Kashmir Valley despite thousands of Muslims being butchered in the Jammu province then. That is what composite culture actually means,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagmohan Singh Raina Head All Sikh Coordination Committee condemned the Government of India and its allies in the state government for conspiring to establish Sainik Colonies and satellite colonies for Kashmiri Pandits and termed it as unacceptable. He said this was being done to harm traditional harmony between different religious communities and against the interest of the people of Kashmir.

Pandith Shukla in his address said, opposed the establishment of proposed Sainik colony in the state. He said that Kashmiris knew the motives behind these policies and accused the government of creating confusion among people by talking about these colonies repeatedly.

N B Vishan, Surender Kachroo and Advocate Rekha Wangnoo were among Kashmiri pandits who are now settled in Kashmir and had all praises for Kashmir Muslims for their corporation and support. Rekha Wangnoo on in her speech said she feels incomplete without the Kashmir and expressed full hope on J&K Judiciary system.

Lawyers Club President Advocate Babar Qadri stressed upon Kashmiri Pandit brethren to form a committee so that a dialogue process could initiated with displaced pandits in outside Valley to impress upon them about the secure atmosphere in Kashmir.Besides others who participated in the conference including Advocate Uzair Ronga, Farzana Mumtaz, Rameez Makhdoomi, Bilal Bashir Bhat, Beenish Parray, Salim Reshi, Advocate Yasir Dalal, Mushtaq ul Haq Siqandar, Imtiyaz Chesti, Faizaan Bhat, Fayiq Wani, Sahil Ahmad War and others dozens of youth activists.

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