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‘Set up Kashmiri Pandits’ committee to work for resettlement’



Srinagar: Questioning the stand taken by separatists on the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrant pandits in the valley, a Kashmiri Pandit leader today suggested setting up of a select committee to work for resettlement of the community within a time-frame. “Why don’t State and Central Government makes a select committee of Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley and task them with the work of resettlement of migrant Kashmiri Pandits?

“As the Kashmiri Pandits who stayed behind have a better understanding of the policies and the politics of this region and all the other sensitive and insensitive issues of this province,” President of Kashmir Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) president Sanjay K Tickoo said in a statement here. He said the committee be asked to submit its report within a time frame so that the policies of the government could be implemented as soon as possible.

Tickoo said he wants to make it clear that it was the “immediate neighbour or friends within the majority community that still we feel safe enough to be in the valley but we are not staying back on the mercy of any political party, any government or any separatist camp.” Opposing the strike and protest call given by separatists including both factions of Hurriyat Conference against setting up of a separate homeland for the displaced community within the Valley, Tickoo said the separatists platforms in a single breath “propose and oppose” the return of Kashmiri Pandits.

“Separatists have no say in return policy of the Kashmiri Pandits, being the prime offenders of the crimes committed against this minuscule Community,” he said.