Attack On A Pandit Is An Attack On Kashmir, Says Dr Farooq Abdullah

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that the spike in killings gives a lie to the normalcy claims of the government vis-a-vis Kashmir.

A delegation of migrant Kashmiri Pandit government employees called on PAGD leaders in Srinagar on May 14, 2022. They appraised the alliance of the problems they are facing in wake of the killing of a revenue department employee, Rahul Bhat, in Chadoorta on May 12, 2022. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Dr Farooq said this while interacting with a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits led by the party Minority Wing Vice President Amit Koul.

The visiting delegations discussed a number of issues concerning Kashmiri Pandits, particularly those living in Kashmir with the party President. The visiting delegations said that those KPs who took up government jobs as the first step toward rehabilitation were now struggling for timely payment of earned wages, promotions and a decent quality of life. They also stated that despite political rhetoric by the incumbent government, which they rued have done nothing to make them feel safe and secure across Kashmir. They said the bravado created by the ruling dispensation has done nothing to provide them respite from cramped up quarters, and discriminatory service rules.

Interacting with the delegation members, Dr Farooq assured the delegation members that he will take up the issues with the LG and GOI as well.

Reaffirming the party’s stand on the return of KPs to Kashmir, he said, “Our stand is clear as crystal. Kashmiri pandits, for that matter Sikhs and other minorities are part of our socio-cultural milieu. Every attack on our Pandit brothers is an out and out attack on the very soul of Kashmir. I’m looking for times when both Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits live side by side. However, the incumbent government is confined to only pomp and show. On ground, no efforts are being taken to create an enabling environment for their safe and permanent return.”


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