Kashmiri Pandits persuaded to stay, says Mufti

JAMMU MARCH 30. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, said today that the State Government had persuaded the Kashmiri Pandit community in the Valley to stay back "to live a life of honour and dignity".

"We have persuaded the Kashmiri Pandits not to leave their homes and hearths as the Muslim community has shown complete solidarity with them. Every security measure would be taken by the Government to protect them, he told presspersons here.

"The Government is taking several confidence-building measures and the entire security mechanism has been reviewed at a high-level meeting," Mr. Sayeed said adding that the Nadimarg massacre had unleashed an unprecedented anger all over the Valley.

He denied allegations that the Government had forcibly kept the Pandits at Nadimarg.

Mr. Sayeed said he would discuss the details of the security situation in the State during his meeting with the Defence Minister, George Fernandes, in Delhi tomorrow.

The meeting is also expected to take up the issue of re-settlement and rehabilitation of the Pandits.

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