The Indian government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The IEKF, which is based in London and Geneva, hailed the decision in Jammu and Kashmir as a decisive step to bring justice to Kashmiri Pandits, who were driven out of their ancestral homes and lands in 1989-90.
Although they welcomed the Narendra Modi government's decision, many leaders of organisations representing migrant Kashmiri Pandits said the move has not opened the road for their return to the Valley.
He told the delegation that the government is committed to address the concerns of the displaced community and will discuss with them if they wanted to return to three different clusters or one single concentrated area.
The participants of the convention have asked the government and various political parties, both national and regional, to make their stand clear on the political future of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, it said.
On this day in 1990 hundreds of thousands of protesters, along with armed militants, occupied streets of Kashmir shouting slogans against the minority community which eventually led to their exodus from the valley.
"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.
Amid the raging controversy over Sainik Colonies and a separate township for Kashmiri Pandits, Hizbul Mujahideen’s 21-year-old commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani Tuesday released a video warning of attacks on such colonies if they are set up in the Valley. The major part of the video message, however, was directed at the J&K Police warning […]