Born and brought up in Delhi, 18-year-old Anita Kaul never thought that her trip to Kashmir will change her life-long perception about the Valley from where Kashmiri Pandits were hounded out during the insurgency two decades ago.
The land for rehabilitation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, who migrated from the Kashmir Valley in the early 1990's due to militancy, can be identified in one or two months, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday.
The Centre on Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government to identify "suitable land" for the rehabilitation of some three lakh Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the Kashmir Valley in the early 1990's due to militancy.
In a politically significant development, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to identify land for rehabilitation of thousands of Kashmiri pundits in the Valley.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said his government, with cooperation from the Centre, has succeeded in bringing back Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants to their homes to some extent.
Keeping "past experience" in mind, a new package for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants is being "carefully" finalised in consultation with the state government and the representatives of the displaced people, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.
A demand was raised in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to restore pilgrimage to Kousar Nag in Jammu and Kashmir with a member saying the issue was linked to religious and cultural sentiments of Kashmiri Pandits and Yatra was vital to promote communal harmony and strengthen economy.
A group of prominent religious organisations in Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday said Kashmiri Pandits, who migrated from the Valley in 1990, have a right to return and are welcome, but cautioned the Centre against any move to create separate settlements for the community.
Ahead of Modi`s visit to J&K, Kashmiri Pandits today said their return and rehabilitation to the Valley cannot be addressed without recognising the fact that they were subjected to "religious cleansing and genocide".
With the Centre working on a rehabilitation package for Kashmiri Pandits, hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that Muslims were not against their return to the valley, however, he strongly opposed any plan to create `safe zones` for them.