Srinagar, Feb 22: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah on Friday appealed to migrant Kashmiri Pandits to return Valley.
"I extend a formal invitation to all our brethren migrant Kashmiri Pandits to return Valley. However, they should prefer to live like rest of the Kashmiris than living in security zones," said Geelani, according to local news agency KNS.
"We would in no way like to keep our brethren Pandits away from us. So they need not live under security of India army," said Geelani.
Geelani, according to KNS, expressed his resentment over attacks on tourists.
Describing tourists as guests, Geelani said they could come and enjoy the scenic beauty, salubrious climate and healthy environs of Kashmir. He said it was in no way permissible to cause them any harm. However, he said it was intolerable that any outsider, whether a labourer or any other person, should stay in the state permanently. "For this will have a negative impact on our demography," said Geelani.
Geelani alleged that these labourers and other professionals were being used by the government to cast votes in elections. "They are even made to participate in elections rallies by the pro-India political parties," he added.
"We will have to delve deep to see why the youth are launching suicide attack on Indian troops," said Geelani while replying a question, according to KNS. He said there were more than seven lakh troops operating in Kashmir to combat just 1000 to 1500 militant according what Indian agencies claim. He said India would have to leave Kashmir sooner or latter.
Geelani hoped that the new government would not deviate from traditional stand on Kashmir issue as a result of American pressure. It should continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris' struggle for right of self-determination till they achieve their goal of freedom.
Geelani said the western powers were hatching conspiracies against Pakistan and termed the assassination of Banazir Bhutto part of these conspiracies.