Kashmiri Pandits want to live in common neighbourhoods not separate colonies, says Mirwaiz

Srinagar: A delegation of Kashmiri pandits visiting the valley in connection with Meala Kheer Bhawani, called on Chairman of Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence on Tuesday.

Mirwaiz said that they insisted that they don’t want to live in separate colonies but in common neighborhoods.

The delegation told Mirwaiz that as land prices are much high than since 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 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 the Muslim brethren. They said that many claim to represent them, but in reality most are exploiting there situation and there deep emotional desire to come back, rather than doing much about it.

Mirwaiz 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 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.

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