September 2004 News

Pandits opposed to porous border: PK

18 September 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu: The solution of Kashmir problem lies in the hands of Pandits only who are the aborigines of the land and not in the hands of fundamentalist groups. This was stated by the Panun Kashmir chief, Dr Ajay Chrangoo, while addressing a function at Abhinav Theatre here, today . The PK leader while making a strong dig at the Central Government’s Kashmir policy said that Pandits are tooth and nail opposed to porous border with Pakistan as this move will be tantamountal to national unity and integrity. Strongly advocating for separate Homeland in Valley for the community, Dr Chrangoo said this is the only solution to the community’s problems. 'The PK gave the solution first and then it tried to evolve consensus on it', he added. He said PK wants political solution for KPs problems and those who are of the opinion that the community should remain subservient to Muslims in Valley again are playing with the cause. Strongly advocating for the Homeland demand the Delhi Samiti chief Sunil Shakdhar said his organisation will extend all support to the KP organisations fighting for this goal. Lambasting both state and Central governments, he said the KPs have to fight their battle for themselves and urged the community let us take a solemn oath on this occasion to rededicate ourselves to Margdarshan resolution of 1991. He also lashed out at the UPA Government at Centre for its failure to redress the grievances of the community. 'Not a single leader of the coalition bothered to visit the migrant camps since it assumed office in May this year' he added. Turning tables on the State and central governments Hira Lal Chatta , general secretary, ASKPC said the Pandits have suffered persecution since 1947 as all the successive governments in the state treated us like slaves. Supporting the Homeland demand Chatta said why the formation of a separate state for Pandits is not possible in Kashmir valley when there are smaller states like Sikkim in our country. Asking the community to be ready for a long drawn struggle, O N Trisal president, AKPSC said only Homeland can guarantee the survival of the community. He asked the KPs to make an introspection today and take a pledge to achieve the goal. BJP spokesman Prof Hari Om while speaking expressed his full solidarity with the displaced people and assured them full help in their struggle. Addressing the function Dr Shakti Bhan said the community women can play a great role in keeping the identity intact. She alleged that the Permanent Residents Bill was a great conspiracy against the community women. Addressing the function Master Sohan Lal, president Gramin Brahman Sabha assured full support to Kashmiri Pandits in their struggle for Homeland. JK Watch chief Mohan Lal Sopori lambasted both Congress and BJP for their failure in mitigating the sufferings of the KPs. He extended full support to Homeland demand. Prof. M K Teng PK leader who also spoke on the occasion paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the community. A solemn pledge was taken on the occasion by the community members to rededicate themselves to Margdarshan resolution of 1991. On the occasion special issue of Kashmir Sentinel was also released. The function culminated with the cultural programme presented by the displaced students of various schools.


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