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Omar asks Kashmiri Pandits to return to the state

First published: December 21, 2012, 5:51 PM IST | Updated: December 21, 2012
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Omar asks Kashmiri Pandits to return to the state
Promising to restore sense of security in Kashmiri Pandits, Omar today asked the community to return to the state.

New Delhi: Promising to restore sense of security in Kashmiri Pandits who left the Valley two decades ago, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked the community to explore possibility of returning to the state.

"If words were enough to bring the Kashmiri Pandits back to the Valley, then we would have used those words. But I think in the case of the Kashmiri Pandits returning home, words are not sufficient."

"It is the action that will speak. And the action will speak much louder than the words. The Kashmiri Pandits did not leave because of something they heard, they left because of something they faced. Their sense of security was snatched away from them. Their livelihoods were snatched away. Unless that sense of security is restored in them words are meaningless," Omar said.

He said no matter how much one speaks about it, those words should be followed by actions and those actions must result in Kashmiri Pandits feeling a sense of security to come back.

"Speeches in Parliament or Assembly really do not cut it. Having said so, I do not feel that there has ever been a time as conducive as now for the Kashmiri Pandits to begin to explore the possibility of coming back," the Chief Minister said during an interaction with mediapersons at an event organised by the Press Club here.

A sudden spurt in militants violence had resulted in the exodus of Kahsmiri Pandits from the state in 1990.

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