Peace in Kashmir incomplete if Pandits do not return to the valley: Mehbooba Mufti

Kashmir has lagged behind due to your migration from the Valley, says Mehbooba Mufi

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has said that peace in the valley will remain incomplete unless Kashmiri Pandits come back to the region without fear in their mind.

Underlining the importance to rebuild the trust between communities, Mehbooba said, ” please pray on holy night of Shivrati to God to create peace in Kashmir so that all migrants could return to their homes and hearths with respect and dignity.”

Urging Kashmiri Pandits to return back to your roots with respect, The Chief Minister said ,” 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 they will able to live in Kashmir again.”

“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.” she added. She also stressed Kashmir has suffered due to migration of Pandits from the valley.

“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.