July 2005 News

Most Migrants Ready To Return Home: Hurriyat

8 July 2005
The Indian Express

Jammu: In a significant move, the Hurriyat Conference today said that majority of the Kashmiri migrants are ready to return to the Valley and that turmoil there should end. Hurriyat interlocutor for Kashmir migrants, Saleem Geelani, said that during his meeting with Kashmiri migrants, most of them expressed willingness to move back to the Valley. He also added that the Kashmir issue can be resolved through dialogue and the gun has no role to play. Geelani is in Jammu to initiate the dialogue process with the political representatives of different parts of the state, including the Kashmiri migrants. Geelani told The Indian Express, 'Most of the migrants are willing to return to the Valley and we are seeking to create a conducive atmosphere for their return.' The moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference is making an effort to start the dialogue with the Kashmiri migrants. This comes weeks after the Hurriyat Conference returned from its visit to Pakistan. Sources in the Hurriyat Conference point out that even as the dialogue between the Hurriyat leaders and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf remained Kashmir- centric, the Hurriyat Conference is seeking to strengthen its base outside the Kashmir valley. Geelani said, 'We are seeking to take into confidence the representatives from the other parts of the state. The Kashmiri migrants are a part of Kashmir and they have to play a greater rule in preserving the Kashmiryat.' The Hurriyat Conference is holding a meeting with the Kashmiri migrants to prepare the ground for their return. Their efforts will help the government to the migrants back to the Valley. Even as the Hurriyat Conference espouses the separatist cause, its policy over the return of Kashmiri migrants is quite in tune with the ruling Congress- PDP coalition government. The coalition government is seeking to move the Kashmiri migrants back to the Valley and this is likely to begin in the month of August. The government claims that over 1,500 families of the Kashmiri migrants have expressed their consent to move back to the Valley. The return of the migrants has, however, got delayed because of the delay in the construction of the two-room sets for them in the Valley at Budgam and Mattan. J-K Relief Commissioner, Abdul Majid Khanday, said, 'The construction work of the two-room sets will begin soon. The return of the Kashmiri migrants is likely to begin in of August.' The Hurriyat Conference is also holding an interactive program with the Kashmiri migrants on July 19 at Srinagar to explore the possibility of their return.


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