J&K assembly passes resolution for return of Kashmiri Pandits

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly on January 19 passed a resolution aiming at return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants to the Valley.

Soon after the House met in the morning, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the Assembly should pass a resolution for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants, rising above party politics.

The working President of National Conference (NC) said 27 years ago “unfortunate” circumstances in Kashmir had forced the migration of Kashmiri Pandit community, members of Sikh community and some Muslims.

“Today it has been 27 years since they (Kashmiri Pandits, some Sikhs and Muslims) left the Valley and we should rise above politics and pass a resolution in the house for their comeback,” Omar said.

As the Question Hour came to an end, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri approved that the resolution should be brought in the House.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta moved the resolution which was passed by voice vote.

Earlier, Mehbooba Mufti slammed those who opposed to setting up of transit accommodation for Kashmiri Pandits in the valley and questioned how the return of “our people” could bring about a demographic change.

“Those who have taught us, lived and grown up with us and in whose homes we used to eat food and those who are an inseparable part of our culture, what demographic change will there be if they return back to Kashmir? I fail to understand this logic,” Mehbooba had said.