Peace incomplete if Kashmiri Pandits feel they can't live here again, says Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti

Asking displaced Kashmir Pandits to pray for peace on Mahashivratri, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that the peace in Jammu and Kashmir will remain elusive unless and until Pandits do not feel that they will be able to live in the Valley 'again'.

PTI February 22, 2017 09:19:54 IST
Peace incomplete if Kashmiri Pandits feel they can't live here again, says Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu: Asking displaced Kashmir Pandits to pray for peace on Mahashivratri, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that the peace in Jammu and Kashmir will remain elusive unless and until Pandits do not feel that they will be able to live in the Valley "again". "Even after we hold talks (with Pakistan), reopen roads between two sides, Kashmir will remain incomplete and peace in Kashmir is incomplete, unless and until Kashmiri Pandits do not feel that they will able to live in Kashmir again," Mehbooba said.

"That is real test to us," the Chief Minister told Kashmiri Pandits at Jagti camp on Tuesday. "Please pray on the holy night of Shivratri to create peace in Kashmir so that all migrants could return to their homes and hearths with respect and dignity," she said.

Peace incomplete if Kashmiri Pandits feel they cant live here again says Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti

A file photo chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

"It is need of the hour that you return to your roots with respect", Mehbooba said. "Kashmir has lagged behind due to your migration from the Valley. You were our assets. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs — all are big treasure of brotherhood and composite culture," she said.

"We lost it in Kashmir, it has come up in Jammu. People of different religions live here (in Jammu). People speaking Dogri, Kashmiri, Gojri, Punjabi and Ladakhi live here. But we lost this composite culture in Kashmir", he said.

Mehbooba said "one of my Kashmiri Pandit brother was saying that Government of India should be pressed to commence dialogue with Pakistan. Even after we hold talks with Pakistan, reopen roads between two sides, Kashmir will remain incomplete and peace in Kashmir is incomplete, unless and until KPs do not feel that he will able able to live in Kashmir again. That is real test to us."

"I know you have lot of problems. I would have come earlier, but situation became worst last year --four to five months passed off very badly," she said.

The Chief Minister said, "You may have many problems but there is huge mental stress among people in Kashmir. You may be feeling the difficulty due to this barbed wire, but Kashmir is laid with such wires. It is we Kashmiris who are responsible for that. We are responsible for this."

"When we cross Jawahir tunnel towards Jammu, the mind opens and we become free but in Kashmir, people are under huge stress. We have created the situation ourselves," Mehbooba said.

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