Full points to Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who reacted sharply to Pakistan’s comment that resettling Kashmiri Pandits in the Kashmir valley will violate UN resolutions. Yes, you read it correct – Pakistan foreign ministry said that any effort to establish “dedicated townships or special zones” will change the demographic makeup of the territory and “will be in violation of UN resolutions”.
In response, Arun Jaitley commented that “Kashmiri Pandits, Muslims and Sikhs are all an integral part of Jammu and Kashmir’s demography. It is natural that when people are sent back… whoever was uprooted is going to go back… (the number of) Kashmiri Pandits will be more.”
This all comes with the background where Home Minister Rajnath Singh had asked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to identify land for “composite townships” for the Pandits. However, the proposal raised questions on whether these townships will exclusively house Pandits?
Mr Sayeed, who is running the government in coalition with the BJP, said he disapproved the idea of separate settlements. “If it happens, everyone will stay together. It is a symbol of our diversity,” he had said in the state assembly.
India – What’s your outlook on this issue? Do you agree with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, or you have a better suggestion?