KL Report


A day after Islamabad condemned exclusive townships in Kashmir by terming it a violation of UN resolutions, New Delhi Friday said Pandit resettlement is inevitable.

“Every political party would want to see that uprooted sections should be brought back,” Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitely said. He said KPs, like Muslims and Sikhs, “are an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Jaitely said the resettlements will include people of all religions, “but it is natural that Kashmiri Pandits will be in greater numbers.” Notably, Pakistan’s Foreign Office Thursday said that India cannot change Kashmir’s demography by settling outsiders.

Already, the union Home Minister Rajnath Singh set the ball rolling in Valley by recounting Mufti Muhammad Sayeed’s vow in Parliament to acquire and provide 400 kanals of land for creating “composite townships” for Kashmiri pandits.

The revelation resurged the row, which had swept under the rug after Mufti assured State Legislative Assembly that no exclusive KP township was being pursued.

However, Rajnath’s latest revelation triggered a fresh spate in valley.


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