Kashmiri Pandits meet Mirwaiz at his Nigeen residence
Srinagar: A delegation of Kashmiri pandits visiting the valley in connection with Mela Kheer Bhawani, called on Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence on Tuesday.
The delegation as per a statement was led by Satish Kumar and Nathil Razdan said that the group is of “ordinary Kashmiris and not affiliated with any organisation”.
Members of the delegation told Mirwaiz that they “and hundreds like them are extremely eager to return to their homeland and seek his help in this regard”.
They said that they “do not want to live in separate and segregated colonies as is being suggested by authorities but like in the past want to live among all in common neighborhoods”, the statement said.
They said “as land prices are much higher than before, they would not be able to afford individual plots and homes”.
“So they suggest that in each district of the valley, some land may be allocated to them where they can build affordable flats in which they can live. They said that members of other communities can also buy flats there if they want. They do not want segregation but want to live together,” the statement added.
The delegation told the Mirwaiz that they being a part and parcel of the Kashmir society and its composite ethos, “are as much pained by what is happening here with their Muslim brethren”.
They said that although “many claim to represent them, but in reality most are exploiting their situation and their deep emotional desire to come back, rather than doing much about it”.
Mirwaiz, the statement said, told the delegation that he empathises with their pining to return and assured them that all Kashmiri Muslims want them to come back and live together as before, as Kashmir belongs to them as much as it does to those who did not leave.
He has assured them of all help and assistance in there suggestion which he said he found sincere and sensible.
He said he will help in building a consensus around it among all segments of people and will try to bring others on board.
“At the end of the meeting it was decided that members of the delegation will stay in touch with the Mirwaiz and work on the idea to concretise it and take it forward”.