Hizb asks pundits to return to Kashmir
12 August 2006
The Daily Times
New Delhi: Hizbul Muajhideen, the frontline militant outfit in Jammu and Kashmir, has asked Kashmiri pundits (Hindus) to return to the valley. A Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman expressed concern over the illegal occupation and sale of temples by non-Kashmiris pretending to be sadhus and mahants. A Srinagar news agency reported on Saturday that a caller, who identified himself as Hizb spokesman Junaidul Islam, said, Hizbul Mujahideen calls on Kashmiri pundits to return to their homeland. We hope the pundits will join the freedom struggle. He said that the militant outfit would not allow the sale or illegal occupation of temples. The statement appears to be a response to a press conference by All State Kashmir Pundits Conference President Amarnath Vaishnavi on Friday. Amarnath demanded an investigation into the sale and occupation of temples in Kashmir. He alleged that some sadhus were making fake papers and selling property in collaboration with officials. He alleged that there was a definite conspiracy to destroy the religious and cultural heritage of Kashmiri pundits.