SRINAGAR: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday visited the ancient Thajiwara Temple in south Kashmir’s Bijbheara to extend greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community on the occasion of the annual Hawan performed during Raksha Bandhan.
A statement released by the party spokesman stated that the visit showcased the rich tapestry of diversity that Kashmir represents. “Despite being a Muslim-majority state, Kashmir has long been celebrated for its tradition of coexistence and shared heritage. The temple visit by Mehbooba Mufti underlined the spirit of inclusivity,” the statement read.
The statement said that the move comes at a crucial time when divisive narratives threaten to fracture unity across the nation. “Mehbooba Mufti’s efforts to bridge the gap between different communities are not new. Following in the footsteps of her late father, she has consistently advocated for unity and understanding between Kashmiri Muslims and Pandits, especially in the aftermath of the mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990s.”
“As the annual Hawan of the Kashmiri Pandit community coincides with Raksha Bandhan, and it serves as a reminder that the threads of unity are stronger than the forces that seek to unravel them,” the statement added.