Kashmiri Pandit organisation to boycott meeting with all-party delegation

"The visiting parliamentarians do not appear interested in listening to the nationalist voices in the state," said Panun Kashmir leaders

By: Express News Service | Jammu | Updated: September 5, 2016 1:32 pm
kashmir, kashmir violence, Hurriyat, kashmir separatists, Kashmir peace talks, BJP kashmir, all party delegation, kashmir all party delegation, india news Srinagar: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairing the meeting of All Party delegation with the Jammu and Kashmir Government, in Srinagar on Sunday. Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti and other dignitaries are also seen. (source: PTI Photo)

Barely a few hours before the arrival of the all-party delegation here from Kashmir valley, Panun Kashmir, a frontal organisation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits, on Monday announced that they would boycott the visiting parliamentarians saying that they “cannot become part of the drama being played by them with nationalist forces in the state”.

Significantly, the Panun Kashmir’s decision not to meet the visiting delegation in Jammu comes after separatists in Kashmir refused to meet some of its members, despite repeated calls on them by the later.

“The visiting parliamentarians do not appear interested in listening to the nationalist voices in the state,” said Panun Kashmir leaders, Dr Agnishekhar and Dr Ajay Chrungoo here. In this context, they pointed out that 12 Kashmiri Pandit leaders representing different organisations, invited to meet the delegation, were allotted “just eight minutes” between 2.55 pm and 3.03 pm.

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How can 12 people representing different political parties and point of views be able to communicate anything coherent to all-party delegation in such short time, they asked. “Certainly we do not have the ability to communicate our view in less than a minute,” Chrungoo said, adding that “it means that governments at the Centre and in the state do not want anything worth while to be communicated to the delegation”.

In an apparent reference to the repeated knocks at the doors of separatist leaders in the Valley by some members of the all party delegation, both the Kashmiri Pandit leaders said that “to us it is clear that Government of India wants only the separatists and semi-separatist views to dominate the political discourse on Jammu-Kashmir”.

“It means that the Government of India wants to suppress the opinion of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists living in the state who have been facing a relentless genocidal assault from terrorists,” they added.

Announcing their decision to boycott the visiting all-party parliamentary delegation, they said that “we can no longer close our eyes to the stark reality that the fundamental fascist religious separatism in Jammu and Kashmir is not only supported by Pakistan but receives support from within India. We have no hesitation in saying that the policies of the Indian government treat nationalists in Jammu Kashmir as liabilities”.

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  1. N
    Sep 5, 2016 at 10:39 am
    Correct stand,taken by Pandits.Will Shard Yadav,Yechuri,Owaissi,Raja and other leaders go to the residences of these Pandits now?If they fail,it will be clearly understood that they made this drama of visiting JandK,just to appease the minority community for begging its votes.
    1. Y
      Sep 5, 2016 at 8:42 am
      Only dialog will lead to peace, else forceful silence comes in fore. No dialog no peace.
      1. P
        partho mukherji
        Sep 5, 2016 at 11:10 am
        what do you mean "migrants" when referring to the Pandits.They are not Migrants.They have been driven out of their ancesteral homeland in their own country by "aliens" who talk about alienation
        1. Sanchayan Sarkar
          Sep 14, 2016 at 12:43 pm
          Pandits must return to their land. It was the land of mauryans and it should be once more . I can't believe the Government is acting like this . It's a disgrace to our political parties. Grow some spine and use real nationalism in places where it actually matters.
          1. S
            S L
            Sep 6, 2016 at 1:31 am
            If Government of India is convinced that the Pandits are no party to the resolution of the Kashmir problem means that the Pandits have wasted 26 years. The Pandits have not been able to convince the Centre that they are politically more relevant than the Hurriyat! Any student of politics can understand that the only cause why the Hurriyat failed in 1990 was communalising a purely political agitation made potent by adding gun culture.lt;br/gt;While displaying their low pragmatism, what the Pandits don't understand is that they have followed the dictation of the Hurriyat rather than their love for India.
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