"It is the wish and desire of every Kashmiri to see our Pandit brothers, sisters, youth and children back in their homes and localities and no ruler or nation can stop them from returning back or impose his will and decision on them in this regard," Malik said, interacting with the devotees at the temple.
Thousands of Kashmiri pandits, including sizeable number of migrants living in Jammu and other parts of the country, thronged the shrine, 30 kms from here, to celebrate the annual fair. "This land belongs to every citizen of Kashmir and our Pandit brethren are inseparable component of our land and life. Every Kashmiri desires and wishes early return of these brethren to their homes so that our nation gets rid of its imperfection," the separatist leader said.
Welcoming the pandits, the JKLF chairman said the community has equal right to live here as Muslims have and "it is our religious duty to safeguard their rights." "Our religion teaches us tolerance, equality, justice, religious harmony and respecting others," he said, adding "Kashmir is and has been a living example of religious tolerance and harmony and we Kashmiris will never like to abandon this jewel of ours".