Srinagar | June 11 : The Opposition legislators Saturday opposed the construction of separate townships for the migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.
CPI-M state secretary and Independent MLA from Kulgam M Y Tarigami said that bringing back migrant Kashmiri pandits is welcome but “caging them will be a sin.”
Tarigami while speaking during Discussion on the demand of grants for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Department said that the Government must create an atmosphere in the Valley to where Pandits would be welcomed and all the communities could live in harmony.
However, he said that caging them will be a bigger sin. Tarigami was referring to the townships that the government has announced for the return of the pandits.
On the issue of the evacuee property in the State, Targami warned the Government of giving ownership rights over the property to anyone.
“This is an unsettled issue and granting ownerships rights over such properties can’t be justified,” he said. Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid asked the Government to consult separatists on the issue of return of Kashmiri Pandits.
“The separatist have a role in it and bring them into confidence for return of Pandits,” said Rashid. He said army has occupied a huge land in the state. He said the state government should ask the Centre to send PaK refugees back to their native place. “They are here as guests and should return back to their places.”
NC legislator from Ganderbal Ishfaq Jabbar said the Kashmiri Pandits should return to their native places.
“The Government is talking about settling Pandits in transit accommodations. They should come and live at the ancestral places,” said Jabbar.
He said the situation has improved in Kashmir and many families have been coming to stay in Kashmir at their ancestral places during summers.
2015 Kashmir Despatch