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On Saturday, Omar had warned the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu


and Kashmir government that BJP may use judiciary to scrap Article 370 as the “saffron party has understood that they cannot use legislation to scrap it”.

The NC leader had cautioned the issue may snowball into a major controversy in the future.

Hitting out at those raking up the issue of demographic change in Kashmir if Kashmiri Pandits return to the Valley, the chief minister said: “How can they live there. Recently they fled from the Hall transit camp.”

She said it is “big challenge for all” to bring Kashmiri Pandits back to the Valley with honour, dignity and security.

“They are living in transit camps in Vesu, Sheikhpur, Mattan and Hall and had to flee again when the situation in Kashmir turned worse. You (Omar) had in 2010 set up such camps in Hall and Vesu and other places, then there was no opposition that there was a demographic change taking place.

“But when we are saying we want to set up additional accommodation for more Kashmiri Pandits… there is opposition,” she said.

Mufti said some members of the Assembly and the Council told me that Kashmiri Pandits be rehabilitated in “their places. When our ex-MLAs and our workers are still in hotels and other places under security cover, how can we say like this. That means in the heart of hearts, we do not want them to come back to Kashmir”.

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)