Peace incomplete if Pandits don't feel they can live again in Kashmir: Mehbooba

Please pray on holy night of Shivrati to God to create peace in Kashmir so that all migrants could return to their homes, she said.

Published: 22nd February 2017 01:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2017 06:49 AM   |  A+A-

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti (File | PTI)

By PTI

JAMMU: Asking displaced Kashmir Pandits (KPs) to pray for peace on Mahashivratri, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the peace will remain elusive unless and until Pandits do not feel that they will be able to live in Kashmir Valley "again".

"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," Mehbooba said.

"That is real test to us," the Chief Minister told KPs at Jagti camp today.

"Please pray on holy night of Shivratri to God to create peace in Kashmir so that all migrants could return to their homes and hearths with respect and dignity," she said.

"It is big need of the time that you return back to your roots with respect", Mehbooba said.

"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.

Mehbooba said "one of my KP brother was saying that Government of India should be pressed to commence dialogue with Pakistan. 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 he will able able to live in Kashmir again. That is real test to us."

"I know you have lot of problems. I would have come earlier, but situation became worst last year --four to five months passed off very badly," she said.

The Chief Minister said, "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."

"When we cross Jawahir tunnel towards Jammu, the mind opens and we become free but in Kashmir, people are under huge stress. We have created the situation ourselves," the CM said.

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