KPs part of our society, must return: Geelani

KPs part of our society, must return: Geelani

“We are not against their return. Thousands of Pandits are still living with us and didn’t migrate to any other place. They are living in complete harmony and local Muslims help them and share their feelings,” he said.

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said Kashmiri Pandits are a part of the society and “we have always urged them to return to their homeland.”

According to a Hurriyat (G) spokesman, a delegation of Kashmir Pandits met Geelani here and enquired about his health and discussed various issues related to return of Kashmiri Pandits.

“Geelani made it clear to the delegation that Hurriyat has always believed that Kashmiri Pandits are an integral part of Kashmiri society and Kashmiri people stand for their return to Kashmir and desire to see them once again becoming part of the society like they were in the past,” the spokesperson said.

“We are not against their return. Thousands of Pandits are still living with us and didn’t migrate to any other place. They are living in complete harmony and local Muslims help them and share their feelings,” he said.

“Let state administration provide them help if any of them has disposed of his property,” Geelani said.  “Any separate colony for their (Pandits’) settlement in Kashmir is unacceptable. We believe it is division in the name of religion, hence we oppose it. The freedom movement in state is in no way a Hindu-Muslim conflict, nor a sectarian row. Instead we are pursuing a fundamental right for all living within territory of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Geelani said he believes that all including Hindus, Sikhs, Bodhs, Christians and other communities have right to express their wish and will and need to be respected.

“Pandit leaders agreed with Geelani and said that every mature and sane person will never favor breakdown of mutual harmony and brotherhood between different communities. A Pandit leader admitted that thousands of members of Pandit community are living without feeling scary or facing hardships and living a peaceful life,” the Hurriyat spokesman said.

“Pandit leader during his meeting with Huriyat chairman divulged that even today more than 3500 families including five in Manigam, three in Laar, six in Tulmula, four in Wakkora, four in Agular, six in Ajas, 12 in Wahibugh, 18 in Zeewan are living a peaceful life,” he said.

On this occasion, Geelani said Kashmir issue has turned into a sore and because of its unresolved nature both communities including Pandit and Muslims in state are facing immense hardships.

“As human beings, we feel the pain of Pandit community as they are a part of this society,” Geelani said. 

“The Pandit leaders handed over a statement to Geelani saying that his treatment and relationship with the Pandits has always been open and he has always helped them,” the spokesperson said.