J&K Asks Centre To Ensure Kashmiris Protection In Nepal
1 September 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: The killing of Nepali workmen by militants in Iraq has triggered-off an anti-Kashmiri frenzy in Nepali cities sending alarm bells ringing among parents of thousands of Kashmiris working in different Nepali cities. Following this phenomenon, the state government has decided to take up the issue with the foreign ministry and seek its help in putting an end to the hate campaign in Nepal. Reports pouring-in here said that the beheading of 12 Nepali labourers by Iraqi ultras has triggered-off an anti-Kashmiri frenzy. Shops and establishments of several Kashmiri people working in Nepal have been targeted by the rowdy mob. Deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma said he has not received any intimation so far, but it true he would surely take- up the issue with the external affairs ministry to put an end to the onslaught on Kashmiris. 'If Nepali workmen have been killed what is the fault of Kashmiris? They are selling their merchandise to earn their livelihood. I will take up this issue with the external affairs ministry and ask them to pressurize Nepali government to put an end to the anti-Kashmiri frenzy', he said. Sharma noted that he would call up the external affairs minister and ask him to lodge a strong protest to Nepal against the hate wave being perpetuated against the people of Kashmir. Meanwhile, Awami Action Committee (AAC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has urged the central government to take immediate steps and ensure safety and security of the Kashmiri people in Nepal. 'We appeal the central government to make neccessary arrangements and impress upon Nepali government to stop the witch hunt of Kashmiris', said a spokesman of AAC. He added that some Nepali people have resorted to witch hunt against Kashmiri to avenge the killing of 12 of their citizens in Iraq. He said several shops have been looted and set ablaze.