JAMMU, Feb 23: Panun Kashmir (PK) in its office bearers meeting here today discussed the socio-political scenario prevailing in the State. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president, P K. It besides others was attended by Prof. M.L.Raina, chairman, Political Affairs Committee (PAC), Virender Raina, national spokesperson, Upinder Kaul, Kamal Bagati, Vijay Qazi and Sameer Bhat.
Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president, PK in his address said that the struggle in exile of the Kashmiri Pandit community has reached a very crucial stage because of the fact that the generational transition is taking place. The new generation of the community and the diaspora are effectively linked due to the modern technology and has evolved a better outlook to meet the challenges of the present times. The ideological thrust that the struggle in exile has created over the last three decades has started bearing its fruits. In this context, it is important that the issues pertaining to our geo-political concerns in the Valley of Kashmir, the day to day subsistence and economic rehabilitation issues and the existential and civilizational identity concerns are addressed comprehensively.
Chrungoo said that is why the “Comprehensive Political Agenda” has been launched with the active involvement of the energetic and meaningful youth activists of the community. While Margdarshan 1991 philosophy remains the main guiding principal, the declaration and the demand made in the Homeland Resolution also assumes more significance than ever before, he added.
He said P K is committed to take the struggle in exile to the new level with effective strategy and speed.
Virender Raina, national spokesperson-PK criticized the separatist-fundamentalist elements in Kashmir for continuing to act as the surrogates of Pakistan and at the same time enjoying the largesse of the Indian State. Their several statements and actions further expose their intolerant life pattern towards the minorities of the Kashmir Valley. After genocide, ethnic cleansing and the mass exodus of the community in the Valley, these anti-Indian forces have left no stone unturned to disallow any space for the minorities in Kashmir.
He said in all cases they have been refusing any kind of Kashmiri Pandit resettlement in Kashmir Valley. It needs to be said emphatically that the Kashmiri Pandits have a rightful claim on the territory of Kashmir as the indigenous people of the Valley and they are party to all negotiations on Kashmir.