Kashmiri Pandits meeting with Hurriyat and an 'immature public relations exercise': BJP leader

JAMMU: BJP leader, Surinder Ambardar, called the recent Kashmir Pandits meeting with the leader of the Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq an immature public relations exercise and said that the party and its government do not support such activities.

He was reacting to the informed meeting of a five-member delegation and the Mirwaizs on the issue of the community's return to the valley last week.

Neither the party nor the government supports such activities. This should not be taken seriously, the member of the legislative council told reporters on Sunday.

He said the party is watching these developments and activities.

It is an immature public relations exercise with those (leaders of the Hurriyat Conference) who have credibility crises in the end, said the BJP leader.

Ambardar said that the BJP and its government are firm in the return and rehabilitation of the community in the Valley with honor and dignity.

The MLC said that the Hindus of Kashmir had whole-heartedly supported the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha elections despite a cumbersome voting process.

He said the party believed that the Ministry of the Interior would facilitate the creation of a smooth voting process for the community in the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, several Kashmiri Pandit organizations distanced themselves from the meeting.

The All India Kashmiri Samaj condemned the meeting.

Kashmiri Pandits, the valley's aborigines, will return on their terms, not dictated by the Kashmir forces responsible for the exodus from the community, a spokesman said.

The Pandit Conference of Kashmir of All States (ASKPC) expressed concern about some self-styled leaders who try to play with the cause of the community by taking it for granted.

In a statement issued here, ASKPC President Ravinder Raina called on community members to be vigilant against the elements that are killing the Kashmiri Pandits cause.