1,700 Pandit employees fled the valley following violent protests after Hizb terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing in an encounter last year and employees’ colonies were targeted by stone-pelters.
“We want to return to Kashmir but when there is a mutual agreement. When we can mutually decide what is in our best interests, then comes the government’s involvement,” said Kashmiri Pandit Sanjay Reshi.
This is the first time in eight years that separatists are assembling at one platform, since the 2008 Amarnath land row.
Jammu and Kasmir CM Mehbooba said the position of the government is that it does not have any land available in Srinagar, Pulwama and Budgam districts for setting up such a colony.
KPS expressed grave concern over the abrupt volte-face by the State Government over the issue of return and rehabilitation of the KP’s in separate townships to which it had agreed in principal.
“We (had) never demanded creation of a UT in the Valley on the basis of theocratic religious minority”
Organisation has claimed it is laying foundation of houses in the valley in coordination with some groups of Kashmiri Pandits living in other states.
The government on Tuesaday put to rest controversy revolving separate township for the displaced community.
Rashid along with his supporters took out a protest march from Batamaloo towards the civil secretariat against the proposed plan.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said at a news briefing that India cannot change the population mix by settling outsiders in Kashmir.
BJP appeared keen not to rock the boat by raking up any controversial issue, including on separatists.
VHP state unit Rama Kant Dubey termed separatists as ‘unholy people’’ who had become ‘power centre’ in the Valley.
“I was 20 years old when militants of JKLF killed my father in broad daylight…,” said Ashutosh.
“We have to solve this issue, with taking the people of Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh and Delhi on board,” said Kashmiri poet Zarief Ahmad Zarief.
“I will not be able to spell out the details of the policy because nothing is finalized yet,” said Rijiju.