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State hoodwinking migrants, says new organisation Vision Kashmir

State hoodwinking migrants, says new organisation Vision Kashmir

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: October 3, 2009

A NEWLY-floated organisation of Kashmiri Pandits, Vision Kashmir said the government was hoodwinking the community by asking it to return t6 the Kashmir valley.

Addressing a press conference today, Convenor of Vision Kashmir, Sunil Fotedar said Kashmiri migrants should be made to settle in a separate enclave in, the Valley.

He said the apex committee, which has been constituted by the government for the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, should have instead discussed the other issues related to the community.

He also demanded the community should be declared a religious minority by making amendments in the National Commission for Minorities act. He also demanded that instead of insisting on the return of the Kashmiri migrants to the Valley, the state government should implement the recommendation of the parliamentary sub-committee for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits.

Fotedar said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's package for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits had no humanitarian approach and should redress "the 20 years of alienation" faced by the community.

He also criticised Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for issuing a statement that Kashmir was a political issue and needed to be addressed accordingly. The Vision Kashmir Convenor said there was no unanimity over the issue within the state and Central government. "On the one hand, the government wishes to facilitate dialogue with the separatists and on the other, it is seeking the pre-1953 situation for the state," he said.

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