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Kashmir incomplete without Pandits: Farooq Abdullah

Kashmir incomplete without Pandits: Farooq Abdullah
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Opposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said Kashmir was incomplete without Pandits and his party wants them to return,...

Srinagar : Opposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said Kashmir was incomplete without Pandits and his party wants them to return, though he opposed the idea of creating a separate homeland for them in the Valley.

Highlights:

  • Centre should respect conditions on which accession is based: Omar
  • ‘We want the present uncertainty, bloodshed and violence to end’

He said Kashmiri Pandits were part of the state and his party will strive to bring them back to the Valley. "Let me tell you that they have to return to Kashmir. Kashmir is incomplete till they return. They are part of this state and we will bring them back. I do not accept this homeland (for Pandits).

They have to live with Muslims here and Muslims will protect them," he said.
"Their dignified return and rehabilitation remains unfulfilled and no headway has been made in this direction," he said.

"While the stakeholders might differ on the features of the return and rehabilitation initiative, there is overwhelming unanimity over the need to take all possible steps to facilitate their return with utmost honour and dignity," the resolution read.

National Conference's Work ing President Omar Abdullah on Sunday said that the Central government must respect and restore the conditions on which the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India is based.

"Promises made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir must be fulfilled. Centre should ensure that the conditions on which the accession of the state to the union of India is based should be restored and respected.

"We want the present uncertainty, bloodshed and violence to end. We w ant to live with honour and dignity," he said at a convention of NC leaders and delegates here, where his father and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was unanimously re-elected party president.

Senior BJP leader Jitendra Singh on Sunday said that Kashmir problem is a result of historical blunders made by former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Singh, the Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, also ridiculed the comments made by senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram who said autonomy should be restored to address the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

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