Monday, February 25, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


J A M M U   &   K A S H M I R

Intellectual Forum set up in Kashmir
Tribune News Service

Jammu, February 24
As a part of the people to people contact programme for reviving the traditional amity among followers of different faiths in the Kashmir valley and in order to ensure return of the migrants to the paradise on the earth an organisation, christened as National Intellectual Forum, has been formed.

The forum has its head office in Jammu with two branches in Srinagar and Delhi. Intellectuals and people belonging to different communities and professions have been enrolled in it. While Mr Abdul Gani Naseem, MLA, is its Chairman, Mr M.K. Koul has been appointed its convenor.

The forum organised today an ID Milan where people of different communities were present. Hosts and guests exchanged views on the political and security scenario in the valley and explored the possibility of creating a situation in which the migrants could return to their ancestral villages.

They unanimously agreed that as far as the government efforts were concerned they should concentrate on improving the security and political atmosphere. But the question of return of the migrants should be left to the people of Kashmir.

Members of the majority community should pool their efforts to interact with the members of the displaced community and build confidence among them.

  Once the migrants’ confidence developed nobody could then prevent them from coming back to Kashmir. It was decided to broaden the activities of the forum by involving more and more people of different faiths from Srinagar, Jammu and Delhi so that the programme assumed the shape of a movement.

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