August 2005 News

Accept Our Conditions To Return Safely: Militants To KPs

6 August 2005
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: A group of four militant organisations, while assuring full protection to the displaced community, today said Kashmiri Pandits could only return to the State if they accepted the outfits conditions. In a one-page statement in Urdu faxed to local media organisations, the four militant organisations-Al-Nasreen, Farzandan- e-Milat, Al-Arifeen and Save Kashmir Movement- said they have provided a safe opportunity to Kashmiri Pandit migrants to return here. However, the statement said, the Pandits would have to accept their conditions first and join the 'freedom struggle.' The militant organisations have also assured full protection to the life and property of Pandits. The statement, however, warned that if the migrants did not accept their mistakes and join the ongoing struggle, they will not be allowed to return here. The joint statement, issued by Samiullah, spokesman of the militant organisations, further warned the Kashmiri migrants not to come under the influence of the Hurriyat Conference (Umar) and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Samiullah also warned the Hurriyat Conference to discontinue the dialogue process with the Kashmiri Pandits. However, ignoring the militant threats, several Kashmiri Pandit organisations have said that they will return to the Kashmir valley. The State Government has also received about 1500 affidavits from the migrant families 'who wanted to return here and live with their Kashmiri Muslim brothers.' But the Government will allow only 200 families to return here to accommodate them in 200 flats constructed at Sheikhpora in the central Kashmir district of Badgam. The authorities have also started construction work of more flats for the migrant families at the temple township of Mattan in the south Kashmir district of Anantnag and Tulmulla. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has also said he would approach the Centre so that construction work could be stepped up. Mr Sayeed, however, said nobody will be forced to return here and the migrants will be brought here only with their consent. Meanwhile, a number of Pandit organisations based in Jammu and Delhi have opposed the Government's move. They also criticised the Kashmiri Pandit leaders who met Hurriyat leaders at its Rajbagh headquarter on July 19. These organisations have said that the amalgam should denounce violence and declare that Kashmir is an integral part of India. About 60 Pandit leaders met Hurriyat leaders to discuss the resolution of the Kashmir issue and safe and honourable return of the Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland.


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