All Parties Hurriyat Conference senior leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday urged the Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homeland.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing the Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar felicitated the Kashmiri Pandit community on the occasion of Mela Kheer Bhawani and said it is time to reconcile and rebuild the broken bonds and appealed to the Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homeland.

Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits paid obeisance at the Mata Kheer Bhawani temple at Tulmulla in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Friday.

Mela Kheer Bhawani – an annual event at the Kheer Bhawani temple dedicated to Rangya Devi – is also celebrated in other shrines and temples in Jammu and Kashmir to mark ‘Zyeth Atham’ or ‘Jyeshtha Ashtami’.