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Hurriyat for return of Kashmiri Pandits

2nd March 1999
Kashmir Monitor News Bureau

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference has said that they want Kashmiri pandits to return their homes and restoration of mutual brotherhood and trust between Kashmiri Muslims and their pandit brethren.

The Hurriyat Conference leaders led by its chairman Syed Ali Geelani met Sunday delegations of Kashmiri pandits in Jammu. The Kashmiri pandits informed the Hurriyat leaders of their day to day problems faced in their camps and other places. They also expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri Muslims who are worst sufferers at the hands of Indian forces. Geelani told pandits that both the Muslims and their pandit brethren have suffered much during past one decade.

Geelani told them that the main problem for both the communities has been created by India which denies Kashmiri people right to self-determination. He said that Kashmiris were fighting against Indian occupation right from 1947 through peaceful means. But when all the peaceful means of resolving the dispute turned fruitless the Kashmiri youth took to armed struggle against the Indian occupation, said Geelani.

"The struggle of Kashmiris is genuine as Kashmir has never been part of India. It is a disputed territory and India has taken the Kashmir dispute for its resolution to the United Nations."

"The denial of right to self-determination to Kashmiris has taken thousands of lives of Kashmiris, hundreds of women were raped and molested, the religious places desecrated and burnt down, hundreds of Kashmiris have been incarcerated."

Hurriyat Conference said that Kashmir problem should be resolved as the per the United Nations resolutions and all the parties to the dispute should sit across the table and sought it out so that a peaceful atmosphere is created for the return of Kashmiri pandits.

Senior Hurriyat leader Shakeel Baskhi urged the pandits that "we should build an atmosphere of confidence and share our sorrows." We should unite and fight for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, said Bakshi.

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