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Kashmir not complete without Pandits: Mehbooba

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said there was a need to instil confidence among the Kashmiri Pandits for their permanent return to the Valley and the present situation was not such that they could live in their native places.

“I will only appeal to Kashmiri Pandits that they should trust us and pray. We are trying to create peace here, Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits,” Ms. Mufti told reporters here after paying obeisance at the Mata Kheer Bhawani temple, 25 km from Srinagar.

She said there was a need to infuse confidence among the community before they could go back to their native places. “To infuse confidence in them, first they will be brought to transit camps, transit communities, where our Muslim migrants will also live with them. Once their confidence grows, then they can live wherever they want,” she said.

She said the present situation was not such that Pandits could live in their native places and referred to Saturday night’s stone pelting incident in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district where a police post was pelted with stones.

A vehicle carrying Kashmiri Pandits for the festival at Kheer Bhawani temple got caught in it. — PTI


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