Lone Muslim feels safer among Pandits in Jammu
A lone Kashmiri muslim is staying with Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) herte where residential quarters for Kashmiri migrants were made under the Prime Minister package.india Updated: Jun 24, 2011 19:30 IST
A lone Kashmiri muslim is staying with Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) herte where residential quarters for Kashmiri migrants were made under the Prime Minister package.
Sona Mir (60), resident of Handwara tehsil, district Kupwara, migrated along with KPs when his family members were gunned down by terrorists. Sona says he feels more secure among KPs and doesn’t want to go back to Kashmir.
“It’s my home and people around are like my family and relatives,” Mir told HT.
He along with other KPs was staying in one-room tenament at Muthi camp
“My brother and his (brother’s) brother-in-law were shot dead by terrorists. They were accused of being ‘mukhbir’ (informer).”
Sona says he was terrified by constant terrorist threats and migrated along with KPs in early ‘90s along with his four-children and wife.
1400 families have shifted in 4700 residential quarters inaugurated by Prime Minister March this year.
Sona had been brought in atmosphere of commuanl harmony in Kashmir. But it was different experience to live among Hindus in Jammu, quite reverse from his home town.
But, his skeptisim was removed by behavior of neighbourers where KPs treats as one of the family members.
“We don’t feel like him being different from us. He is one amongst us. And we have kept alive tradition of Muslim-Kashmiri’s brotherhood, which was there in Valley, from where both of us were forced to leave,’said Prem Nath Malla, a retired government employee, living in Jagati township.
“We greet him on Eid-ul-fittar and he does reciprocates same on Maha Shivratri.”
KPs here say they don't hold any grudge against Sona for being muslim though they (KPs) were forced to migrate from Kashmir by Islamic fundamentalist.
One of his son assists his father in the business. He got married while in Jammu and has also been alloted separate residential quarter, where he stays with his family.
Mir doesn’t have any any plans to return to valley, where government claims things are improving.
“I am well settled and secured here. I don’t have any plans to return. But I do miss my home land,” said Sona with moisten eyes.