J&K Legislative Assembly passes resolution on return of Kashmiri Pandits back to Kashmir

With the improvement in situation the return and rehabilitation of Kashmir migrants who have to shun their places due to militancy will be felicitated by the state government.

Jan 19, 2017 14:14 IST
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The Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir on 19 January 2017 passed a resolution on return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants back to Kashmir valley. The resolution was passed unanimously in the house.

Various members of the assembly also rendered their full support to the motion. They said with the improvement in situation government should facilitate the return and rehabilitation of Kashmir migrants who have to shun their places due to militancy.

The issue of return of Kashmiri Pandits was raised in the assembly by the leader of opposition Omar Abdullah. The former Chief Minister of the state said that the Assembly should pass a resolution that calls for the return of Kashmiri Pandits along with other migrants.

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Calling for the resolution, Abdullah also said that 27-years-ago, unfortunate circumstances in the state forced Kashmiri Pandit community, along with Sikh community and few Muslims to the migrant.

After end of the question hour, Abdul Rehman Veeri, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs of the state approved the resolution for presentation in the House. Later, the motion was endorsed and moved by the speaker of the house Kavinder Gupta.

However, the Independent legislator from Langate Er. Rashid opposed the move and dubbed it worthless and impractical.

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Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits

Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, which can be termed as an ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits from the state Jammu and Kashmir. Night of 19 January 1990 was one of the worst nightmares for Kashmiri Pandits of the valley. Announcements in form of message were made via loudspeakers for the Hindus and Sikhs in Kashmir. The message was convert to Islam, leave the land, or die (Ralive, Tsaliv ya Galive).

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By the end of the night, several supporters of the announcement makers marched on the streets of the valley with a similar voice of death of kafirs and death of India.

The most important fact is that it was a well planned and managed event including the timing of slogans in form of warning and the act of killing and much more.

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The event has been penned down by several authors but the common fact about this exodus is the description of the fear that gripped everyone on this night.

As per records, at least one lakh Kashmiri Pandits fled from their houses in the 1990s. J&K government’s record suggest that between 1989 and 2014, at least 210 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the region.

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