KPS expresses anguish over Farooq’s statement

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Kashmiri Pandit Sabha (KPS) has expressed its anguish and displeasure over the statement of former Chief Minster and president, National Conference, Dr Farooq Abdullh that youth of Kashmiri Pandits will not like to return to the Valley since they were born and brought up outside Kashmir.
The KPS, which held a meeting here, today under the chairmanship of its president, K K Khosa said instead the Pandits expected Dr Abdullah to reiterate his oft repeated cliché that Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits and NC headed by him would make all efforts to bring the Pandits back with honour and dignity along with full sense of security.
Khosa said that it is very painful to note that on the one hand while each and every political party from Kashmir including the separatists have jointly demonstrated against the attempts to delete the Article 35 A from the Constitution of India, not even one of them have expressed their concern about the minuscule minority of the Pandits who are living in exile for the last three decades.
He said during two tenures when the NC was in power , 1996 to 2002 and 2009 to 2014 there was no serious attempt to bring about the return and rehabilitation of KPs to the Valley although rhetorical statements by the highest leadership used to be the order of the day. The seriousness with which the issues of KPs should have been taken was lacking during both the tenures. Even the implementation of PM’s package which was announced with lot of fanfare in 2008 has been extremely dismal.
Khosa said that Dr Abdullah should realize that Omar Abdullah gave jobs to only 1400 KP youth under PM package out of 6000 jobs announced by PM. Besides, the other components of package remained largely untouched, he added.
The Sabha appealed the Governor to expedite the implementation of PM package. A K Braroo, S L Bagati, C J Kampassi, B L Tiku, Rajinder Tiku, J L Zuthsi, Ashok Kher, Jatinder Parimoo, Subash Dhar, Dr Usha Tickoo, Shama Handoo ,Dr Ashok Koul were among others present in the meeting.