Govt should give priority to rehabilitation of Pandits: KPC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 20: Kasmiri Pandits Conference (KPC) in a meeting today at New Delhi held under leadership of its president, Kundan Kashmiri expressed concern over the failure of the Government in settling the issues of displaced Kashmiri Pandits particularly of their rehabilitation in their homeland Kashmir in accordance to their geo-political aspirations.
Kudan Kashmiri, while addressing the meeting said that It is strange and astonishing that in their recent speeches on Independence Day neither new Lt. Governor JK nor Prime Minister spoke a word about Pandits living in exile for the last 31 years and the steps being taken for their permanent rehabilitation as well as on their other grave problems at different places in the country.
He said that new Lt. Governor JK no doubt announced five guiding principles to deal with the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and focused in general on peace and development as well as about ongoing diabolic acts of violence and targeting of Sarpanchs and mainstream political activists and highlighted their sacrifices for defending the idea of India. He also recalled the services and sacrifices of valiant security forces and J&K Police men but unfortunately he did not spoke anything about sacrifices, suffering and problems of KPs in exile who are craving for their permanent rehabilitation in the land of Kashyap.
Similarly, the Prime Minister who is although fully aware of the miseries, sacrifices and suffering of exiled KPs has not made any mention about them in the recent speeches, he added.
Kashmiri said that it was expected and hoped by the displaced Kashmiri Pandits that after abrogation of article 370, their rehabilitation issue as per their geo-political aspirations would be on priority list of the Government and leaders at helm of affairs and PM may make a mention of it in his Independence Day speech but that all their hopes have dashed to ground.
Kashmiri has appealed the Center and UT Government towards the grave issues of displaced KPs and urged them to initiate meaningful dialogue with displaced KPs and their leadership for their permanent rehabilitation in Kashmir.