Gupkar Alliance appeals to local Muslims to ensure Pandits’ safety

The Peoples’ Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of native political events in J&Ok, appealed to native Muslims and civil society members on Saturday “to make sure security of minorities, particularly Pandits,” dwelling within the Valley.

 “We attraction to the members of the civil society, non secular teams and enterprise group to rise to the event and perceive their duty in the direction of the minorities dwelling within the Valley. They need to guarantee security and safety of their neighbours, particularly those that belong to different communities, in these attempting occasions,” CPI(M) chief and Gupkar alliance spokesman M.Y. Tarigami  advised  The Hindu.

The attraction got here within the wake of the focused killing of a Pandit worker, Rahul Bhat, by militants in Budgam two days in the past. Nationwide Convention president and PAGD chairman Farooq Abdullah chaired a gathering of the alliance at his residence in Srinagar, which was attended by Peoples Democratic Celebration president Mehbooba Mufti, CPI(M)‘s Tarigami and Awami Nationwide Convention’s Muzaffar Shah. Throughout the assembly, the PAGD leaders met representatives of Kashmiri Pandits.

Mr. Tarigami mentioned Kashmir had a historical past of sustaining communal concord and brotherhood. “The 1947 episode, when all the continent witnessed our bodies piling up, Kashmir noticed an unparalleled brotherhood among the many totally different communities,” he added.

The Gupkar alliance has appealed to Kashmiri Pandits to not depart the Valley. “Many Pandits expressed the will to depart the Valley. We advised them that this place is their homeland and we don’t favour any migration. In reality, this place will all the time be their homeland,” Mr. Tarigami mentioned.

The PAGD, which collectively condemned the killing of the Pandit worker in Budgam, has determined to satisfy J&Ok Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. “We’ll apprise the L-G concerning the calls for of the Pandit group and their issues. The federal government must intervene and make sure that Kashmiri Pandit workers needs to be posted at safer areas the place there’s a safety cowl,” Mr. Tarigami mentioned. 

He mentioned the federal government also needs to present lodging to Pandit workers at safer areas as quickly as attainable. “We’re bored with the Centre’s repeated line, “normalcy has returned to Kashmir”. On Thursday, we noticed Rahul was killed in his workplace and on Friday Riyaz, a policeman, was shot lifeless in his house. They nonetheless say Kashmir is regular,” Mr. Tarigami mentioned.  

The PAGD additionally condemned using power in opposition to protesting Pandits in Budgam on Friday. “The cane charging of the protesters, who wished to place throughout their perspective, was unlucky. In reality, utilizing power has grow to be a norm in Kashmir. ‘Lathis’ are not any strategy to set up peace in J&Ok,” Mr. Tarigami added.

Protests proceed

In the meantime, scores of the Kashmir Pandits, who’ve returned to the Valley below the particular Prime Minister’s employment package deal since 2008, held a sit-in in Srinagar’s Press Enclave.

The protesters had been demanding justice for Rahul Bhat’s household and flagged the problems dealing with the group at current. 

“Within the wake of focused killing prior to now one yr, we’re not feeling secure in Kashmir anymore. We need to be relocated to safer locations. We have now not come right here to die,” a Pandit protester advised  The Hindu.  

The protesters additionally demanded that the order that Pandit workers can not search switch or depart the Valley needs to be declared ab initio “within the face of demise threats confronted by the group”

“We’re not bonded labourers. Proper to life is above every little thing,” one other protester mentioned.

The Pandits have additionally condemned the police’s transfer to cease motion of Kashmiri Pandit workers and their households on the Sheikhpora transit colony in Budgam. “Many college students couldn’t take their examinations as a result of restrictions,” they alleged.

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