JAMMU, Jan 24: Panun Kashmir (PK) held a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee here, today. The meeting was chaired by Virender Raina, Chairman, Political Affairs Committee. (PAC) PK, Those who attended the meeting included Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president-PK, Upinder Kaul, its general secretary, Kamal Bagati, general secretary (Org), Ashok Chrungoo, treasurer, Sameer Bhat, convener-PK, Youth, B.L.Garyali and Pramod Kumar. It decided to pursue the resolution making an appeal to all the political parties in the State to give their election mandate in “Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency” to the member of the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community which will empower the elected representative to represent the primary stakeholders and the original inhabitants of Kashmir in the country’s Parliament.
Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo in his address referred to the ‘intent’ expressed by the successive Governments, political parties, important public figures and the Muslim community of Kashmir that “Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits”. He said that the intent expressed in the oft-repeated statement over the last three decades of exile of the Kashmiri Pandits need to be translated into reality in the political terms. As a first major step in this direction, the Kashmiri Pandits required to be made an integral and important part of the political and electoral process.
This can be achieved by ensuring that the Pandits, the indigenous people of the Kashmir Valley, are represented in the Parliament and the Assembly of the State. Therefore, all political parties in the State were appealed to give their mandate in respect of the ‘Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency’ to the Kashmiri Pandit alone which will ensure the representation of the displaced community in the Lok Sabha.
Virender Raina in his speech said that likewise we will also ask the political parties to give their mandate to the Kashmiri Pandit only in two constituencies of the Assembly segments as well. The constituencies may be from the Habbakadal, Baramulla, Jammu West and Anantnag Assembly segments. This proposal needs to be considered favourably by the political parties in order to accommodate the seven lakh displaced people of the Kashmir Valley who are the primary stakeholders to the land of Kashmir. Their forced exile and the spread thereafter throughout the globe is tantamount to their continuous genocide as per the ‘Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide’.