December 2007 News

Govt Working For Safe Return Of Pandits To Valley: Minister

21 December 2007

Jammu: The situation in the valley is witnessing a gradual improvement, Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed has said, asserting that the government is endeavouring for safe return of the Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed to their homes and hearths in Kashmir. 'The government is making efforts to ensure return of displaced Kashmiri Pandits to the valley in a phased manner in view of improvement of situation there,' Sayeed said at a function organised here to pay tributes to late Congress leader Manohar Nath Koul on his sixth death anniversary yesterday. A bill on protection of Hindu temples and shrines in the valley will be tabled during the coming assembly session, the state Congress President said, expressing hope that it will be supported by National Conference, PDP and other parties. Sayeed said Koul was a secular leader and great visionary who rendered selfless services to the economically backward sections of the society. The late leader had also contributed in promoting unity and brotherhood among the people, he added. Speaking on the occasion, leader of the opposition NC A R Rather said the valley's charm is 'dull and incomplete' without the Kashmiri Pandit brethren. 'We miss Kashmiri Pandits on every occasion in the valley and want them back. We pray to the almighty for their early return to Kashmir,' he said adding, NC will lend support to the Pandit community in resolving their problems. PTI


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