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Kashmiri Pandits demand separate homeland

Panun Kashmir, an organisation of dispalced Kashmiris, put forth the demand at PM's roundtable conference in New Delhi.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 15:03 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Rejecting any role of Pakistan in Kashmir, Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiri pundits, on Saturday demanded the creation of a "separate homeland" with a Union Territory status within Kashmir valley.

The organisation, being represented by two factions at the roundtable meeting being chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said the group did not "accept any position which tries to rationalise the claim of Pakistan on Kashmir or its locus standi to arbitrate the future of the Jammu and Kashmir state on the basis of its Muslim majority character."

A memorandum submitted by the organisation led by Ajay Chrungoo at the meeting said the Centre should be aware of the "fatal consequences of recognising religious sub-nationalism as a method of sharing power in Jammu and Kashmir."

The memorandum, which was submitted at a roundtable conference with the Prime Minister at his residence on Saturday, further elucidated that this recognition was responsible for the emergence of politics of blackmail, secessionism, communalisation and fundamentalism.

Highlighting the plight of Kashmiri pundits, who migrated to other parts of the country after the onset of terrorism in Kashmir, it favoured implementation of the organisation's 1991 'Margadarshan Resolution' under which a separate homeland was carved out in Kashmir valley for Pundits and the area was accorded a Union Territory status.

"Any weakening of India's position in Jammu and Kashmir, even if symbolic, will lead to breaking out of jihad in Himalayas," it warned.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 15:03 IST