October 2003 News

Panel Of Muslim Bodies To Visit J&K

7 October 2003
The Asian Age

New Delhi: A six-member committee of Muslim organisations will visit Jammu and Kashmir next month to meet people from different sections of society, including Hurriyat leaders, in order to create favourable atmosphere for rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. Led by its convenor Moosa Raza, the goodwill mission is being organised by the National Commission for Minorities. The NCM will also send two of its members on this mission. Mr Raza, a former chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, said, 'The names of those visiting the Valley have been finalised. Now, I will interact with the members of state administration and others to find out a convenient date. It should be done in the next couple of weeks and we should be able to visit the Valley in first week of November.' 'It was felt in the meeting that there was an urgent need for the return and rehabilitation of Pandits with dignity,' Mr Raza said, adding once the atmosphere of goodwill was created, the security for them would also become effective. The committee will first visit the Jammu region and interact with the Kashmiri migrants staying in the camps there, said Mr Raza. Besides interacting with state government officials, social activists and general public, the committee will also make efforts to meet Hurriyat and other such separatist leaders, he added. Earlier, the NCM chairman Tarlochan Singh said, 'Our initiative is not an extension of efforts already on the ground. This is, in fact, an initiative independent of other efforts and we do not intend to monitor their work.'


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