October 2004 News

Conditions In Kashmiri Migrant Camps Appalling

5 October 2004
The Indian Express

Jammu: Admitting that displaced Kashmiri pandits are living in appalling conditions in migrant camps, leader of visiting Pakistani media delegation Imtiaz Alam has said that people of the majority community in the valley have to devise ways of their return. 'We saw that the conditions in which they are living are deplorable,' Alam, who along with other members of the delegation visited one such camp in Jammu on Monday, said. 'People of the majority community have to devise ways of their return,' he said speaking at a meeting organised by the Action Committee for Return of Migrants and the Jammu and Kashmir Institute for Peace, Justice and Democracy on Monday night. 'Some migrants who met us showed their reluctance to return to Kashmir in the prevailing circumstances and advocated a separate homeland for the community in the valley,' Alam said. On the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan and restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir, the SAFMA general secretary said the journalistic fraternity of Pakistan will play its 'possible' role in this regard. 'People in India are fortunate enough that they are living in a free and democratic set up while we are under dictatorial rule in Pakistan,' he said. On growing fundamentalism in Pakistan, he said the conservative educational set up in the country is one of the causes for it. 'But now situation is changing there too and we are also trying to switch over to democratic set up,' he added.


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