Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday stressed that the government was committed to the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants into the valley and that a transit accommodation would be set up for them until the situation becomes conducive for them to return to their native places.

Mufti rejected the charges by opposition parties and separatists that the government was planning to set up exclusive colonies for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.  The chief minister said, “We are committed to the dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits.

Mufti added for this, we are setting up transit accommodation which would be a composite facility and not an exclusive one. For this, places would be identified. Fifty percent of this accommodation would be given to Kashmiri Pandits while the rest would be provided to people belonging to other communities as well.

Mehbooba further told the state assembly that the construction of transit accommodation was among the recommendations made by the Prime Minister’s Working Group, formed in 2005, and it will be for Muslim and Sikh migrants too along with others.

The chief minister wondered how migrants can be asked “to return to their native places when our political workers including whether it from PDP, Congress, National Conference or any other party are living under security in hotels in Srinagar.

She said her government was committed to setting up composite transit accommodation with basic facilities.”This is a facility for migrants. Don’t we have Muslim migrants? Don’t we have migrants in Jammu? Are not there Sikhs and other people among them? If we are saying 50 percent will be Kashmiri Pandits and the rest others, you are saying it is an Israel-like situation,” Mufti said.

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