Hurriyat Moderates To Meet Kashmiri Pandits
5 July 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: Terming them a 'part and parcel of Kashmiri society', the Hurriyat moderate faction said on Tuesday that it would meet Kashmiri Pandit representatives later this month and in August to finalise a plan for their return to the Valley. 'The first meeting will be held in Srinagar in the second half of this month and it will be followed by another in Jammu in August to finalise a plan for their return to the Valley,' interlocutor of the Umer Farooq-led Hurriyat faction, Shabir Geelani, said. He added: 'The Hurriyat Conference believes that Pandits are a part and parcel of Kashmiri society and must return... because Kashmir belongs to them. Those who have left the Valley should come and settle here again.' Geelani, who met several Pandit leaders since arriving in Jammu, said representative of the Hurriyat and the Pandits 'will jointly sit to discuss threadbare all issues about their return to the Valley'. The Hurriyat moderate faction's move comes in tandem with the government's plan to settle over 200 Pandit families in newly-constructed two-room flats at Sheikhpura, Mattan and Tulamula in the Kashmir Valley.