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Kashmiri Pandits seek separate homeland

india Updated: Jan 20, 2010 23:17 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
Hindustan Times
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The exiled community of Kashmiri Pandits has made their return to Kashmir conditional by saying that they would return to the valley only when a separate homeland under the constitution of India is created in the valley.

Dr Agnishekhar, leader of Panun Kashmir demanded a separate homeland under the constitution of India for the members of exiled community in Kashmir so that they can again return to their home “without the fear of religious fanatics and secessionists” he said.

“A separate homeland is the only solution to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits who are living in miserable conditions at different locations in Jammu and other parts of the country” he said.

He was speaking in a seminar on the topic ‘emerging political scenario in J&K state’ organized on Wednesday.

After the exile of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley, 20 years back they settled at various refugee camps in Jammu. Many of them moved out of the state and settled all across the country.

“Kashmiri Pandits were tortured and forced to move out of their own homes 20 years ago. A separate homeland under the constitution of India is the only solution to the plight of Kashmiri Pandits” said Agnishekhar.

Dr M.K. Raina, senior leader of Panun Kashmir said that not only Kashmiri Pandits, but the people of Jammu and those of Ladakh have also been discriminated against by the Kashmir centric government of the state.

“Homes and religious shrines of Kashmiri Pandits were burnt by the religious zealots 20 years back only to give a message that there was no place for Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir” he said.

He further said that a conspiracy has been hatched to connect Muslim dominated regions of Jammu with the Kashmir valley. “Mughal road that will connect Rajouri and Poonch with Kashmir valley was a clear indication that the government is trying to connect the Muslims of this region with those of Kashmir so that the mindset of the secular Muslims of Rajouri and Poonch can also be changed” he said.

On the issue of quit diplomacy, Raina said that it has created a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of our nation”. He alleged that Union government had already succumbed to the extraneous pressure and was preparing a major compromise with the separatists on Kashmir.