New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti addressed the contentious issue of Kashmiri Pandits on Saturday in an assembly speech and said that the state will get the Pandits back with respect and live together in harmony.

The daughter of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said in an enflamed rhetoric at the assembly that the issue of the Kashmiri Pandits was being exploited and that it was needlessly being dragged into controversy.

Mufti claimed that during the tenure of her government, the governor had been ordered to identify land for the Sainik colonies. “But so far, no land has been identified,” said Mufti, who reiterated that Sainik colonies are not for outsiders but for state subjects only.

About the plight of Kashmiri Pandits and their resettlement in the valley, Mehbooba hinted at the fact that there were no separate lands which were identified for the Kashmiri Pandits. The J&K CM hinted at effective assimilation of the Kashmiri Pandits back with the people of Kashmir.



Responding to Mehbooba’s speech, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that if there were separate colonies in Jammu, why wasn’t it possible in Kashmir. 



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