No separate cluster for Kashmiri Pandits: Sayeed


Srinagar: Responding to the hue and cry raised by the Congress and National Conference in the J&K assembly over government’s proposal to construct Separate Township for Kashmiri Pandits, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday denied that there was any proposal to set up separate clusters for migrant Pandits in the Kashmir Valley.

Mr. Sayeed said: “We have no proposal to set up separate satellite townships for migrant Pandits.”

“We want them to return to their native places and live honourably among Muslim neighbours…because of misinformation an impression is being created that separate clusters would be set up for Pandits.”

The Chief Minister said that during the previous Congress-NC term “5,000 to 8,000 government jobs were given to migrant Pandits with the condition that they would serve in the valley. The only honourable way for their return is to places where they lived before migration”.

He added: “There is no proposal for any separate homeland for Kashmiri Pandits.”

Earlier Mufti was slammed by separatist leader and opposition for the proposal to construct Separate Township for Kashmiri Pandits.