Jammu and Kashmir: 27 years on, Assembly passes resolution for return of Pandits
Speaker Kavinder Gupta moved the resolution which was passed by voice vote.
After 27 years of migration of Kashmiri Pandits, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today passed a resolution to bring back the migrants to the Valley.
On Thursday, the state assembly unanimously passed a resolution for creating a conducive atmosphere for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants to the Valley.
"A good conducive atmosphere should be created for their safe return to the valley," J&K Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, announced in the house, during the ongoing winter session. The working President of National Conference (NC) said 27 years ago “unfortunate” circumstances in Kashmir had forced the migration of Kashmiri Pandit community, members of Sikh community and some Muslims.
Earlier, in the morning former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah called for the resolution for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants, rising above party politics.
“Today it has been 27 years since they (Kashmiri Pandits, some Sikhs and Muslims) left the Valley and we should rise above politics and pass a resolution in the house for their comeback,” Omar said. He said all political parties should rise above their affiliations and pass a resolution to create an atmosphere so that all those people who have left Kashmir could return.
As the Question Hour came to an end, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri approved that the resolution should be brought in the House. Speaker Kavinder Gupta moved the resolution which was passed by voice vote.
Earlier in the day, Omar had tweeted "27 years is 27 too many," in support for the Kashmir's Pandit community.
27 years is 27 too many #kashmiripandits
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) January 19, 2017