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Jammu KashmirSafeguard minorities: Gupkar alliance tells locals

Safeguard minorities: Gupkar alliance tells locals


The People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), an amalgam of local political parties in J&K, on Saturday appealed to Muslims and civil society members to ensure the safety of minorities, especially Pandits, living in the Valley.

“We appeal to the members of the civil society, religious groups and community to rise to the occasion and understand their responsibility towards the minorities living in the Valley. They should ensure safety and security of their neighbours, especially those who belong to other communities, in these trying times,” CPI(M) leader and Gupkar alliance spokesman M.Y. Tarigami said after a meeting was chaired by Farooq Abdullah, chairman of the alliance, at his residence in Srinagar.

The alliance has appealed to Kashmiri Pandits not to leave the Valley. “This place is their homeland,” Mr. Tarigami said. The alliance, which condemned the killing of the Pandit employee in Budgam, has decided to meet J&K Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha and apprise him of the issues highlighted by the Pandits during the meeting.

Pandits stage sit-in

In Srinagar, scores of Pandits, who had returned to the Valley under the special Prime Minister's employment package since 2008, held a sit-in at the Press Enclave.

“In the wake of targeted killing in the past one year, we are not feeling safe in Kashmir anymore. We want to be relocated to safer places. We have not come here to die,” a protester said.

The protesters also demanded that the order that Pandit employees cannot seek transfer or leave the Valley should be declared void ab initio “in the face of death threats faced by the community”.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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