“Those days are not far when the displaced people will return to their Kashmir with dignity and honour. The BJP will leave no stone unturned in solving the problems of the hapless people who were forced to leave the Valley,” Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit chief Sat Sharma said.
A J&K Police survey found 209 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by militants since 1989, leading to the registration of 140 cases in police stations across the Valley. Years later, chargesheets had been filed in only 24 cases. The festering wound of Pandit migration has remained a reason why even genuine political demands of Kashmiri Muslims continue to be viewed through a communal prism.
BJP national vice president and in-charge Jammu and Kashmir Avinash Rai Khanna had earlier written a letter to PM Modi, urging him and Sushma Swaraj for an appropriate action to allow the Hindus of the state to visit the shrine.
“If the definition of minorities has to be relooked at, it is my opinion that Kashmiri Pandits should be the first people to be accorded that status,” NCM chief said
Over 500 Kashmiri Pandits held demonstrations in Jammu to protest against the failure of the police to trace a constable who went missing from Kupwara district 11 days ago and demanded a CBI probe into it.
1,700 Pandit employees fled the valley following violent protests after Hizb terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing in an encounter last year and employees’ colonies were targeted by stone-pelters.
“We want to return to Kashmir but when there is a mutual agreement. When we can mutually decide what is in our best interests, then comes the government’s involvement,” said Kashmiri Pandit Sanjay Reshi.
This is the first time in eight years that separatists are assembling at one platform, since the 2008 Amarnath land row.
Jammu and Kasmir CM Mehbooba said the position of the government is that it does not have any land available in Srinagar, Pulwama and Budgam districts for setting up such a colony.
KPS expressed grave concern over the abrupt volte-face by the State Government over the issue of return and rehabilitation of the KP’s in separate townships to which it had agreed in principal.
“We (had) never demanded creation of a UT in the Valley on the basis of theocratic religious minority”
Organisation has claimed it is laying foundation of houses in the valley in coordination with some groups of Kashmiri Pandits living in other states.
The government on Tuesaday put to rest controversy revolving separate township for the displaced community.
Rashid along with his supporters took out a protest march from Batamaloo towards the civil secretariat against the proposed plan.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said at a news briefing that India cannot change the population mix by settling outsiders in Kashmir.