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KPs won't be forced to return to valley: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has reiterated to restore a sense of security among Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) and create palatable environment for their honourable return to their native land.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2014 18:18 IST
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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has reiterated to restore a sense of security among Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) and create palatable environment for their honourable return to their native land.


The chief minister said that Kashmir without KPs was incomplete and they would not be forced to return to the valley. "They have to take a call in this regard by themselves", he said and added that consensus in making such a decision was very difficult and majority view of the people should be a guiding principle in making this decision.

Addressing the convention of Kashmiri Pandits at Patta-Bohri near here, Omar said: "I will do whatever possible to upgrade the status of basic amenities being provided to KPs at various migrant camps in Jammu."

The chief minister said that KPs left their native land as their sense of security was lost in the valley during militancy. "We have to work to make them regain this sense and create safe and secure atmosphere for them to return willingly," he said and maintained that till then the aspect of upgrading and improving the basics of life at the migrant camps could not be ignored.

Omar said that KPs had undergone a difficult and challenging phase and also through a severe mental trauma during 25 years of migration which had shattered their economy.

The chief minister said that though a forward step in the direction of return of KPs to the valley had been taken by earmarking government employment for their educated youth in Kashmir and about 1,500 boys and girls of this community had taken up their jobs and were residing safely and peacefully with their Muslim brethrens but the beginning in this direction would be significant when the community decided holistically to return willingly and be the same part of the society as they were prior to migration.