Pandits' Hope For Early Return Dies After Ultras' Threat
12 August 2005
Jammu: With five pro-Pakistan militant outfits imposing ban on their return to their hearths and homes in Kashmir valley, there is a big question mark over Jammu and Kashmir government's moves to bring back Kashmiri Pandits who have entered in the 16 year of exile. 'Our hope to return to Kashmir valley in September-October this year has died as five pro- Pak miltiant outfits have banned our return process to valley completely,' Battal-Ballian migrant camp dweller Roshan Lal Raina told PTI. Raina, whose family is enlisted in the first batch of Kashmiri Pandits for their return to the valley's Sheikhpora migrant flats, said 'he would not go there to die now. We will become target in the crossfire between government, separatists and militants.' Like him, hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits hopes for return to the valley, which had touched a high note after state government's initiative and Hurriyat Conference-Pandits' meet, has been punctured by the threats of militants last month. In April this year, J-K government had announced return of migrants to newly-constructed colonies for the Pandits at Shiekhpora on the outskirts to Srinagar city by July end. In this direction, J-K government took a 42-member Pandits' delegation to Kashmir for interaction and assessing the security situation for a week from June 24. It was followed by Hurriyat-Pandit meet in Srinagar on July 19. The pro-Pakistani terror outfits, al- Badr, al-Monsareen, al-Nasreen, Save Kashmir Movement, Hidiat-ul- Kaleefa slapped blanket ban on the return of Pandits to the valley on July 22.