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Talk To Every Stakeholder, Kashmiri Pandits Tell Centre

Jammu: A group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits on Tuesday appealed to the centre to hold talks with all the stakeholders in the state and reiterated their demand for a homeland for the minority community in
PTI September 14, 2010 13:51 IST
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Jammu: A group of displaced Kashmiri Pandits on Tuesday appealed to the centre to hold talks with all the stakeholders in the state and reiterated their demand for a homeland for the minority community in the valley.

"We call upon the centre to hold talks with all stake holders, particularly KPs in Kashmir. We want homeland with union territory status for 7 Lakh displaced Kashmiri Hindus", Chairman of Panun Kashmir Dr Ajay Chrangoo said.

Leading a demonstration of over 1000 activists here on their Martyrs' day, Chrangoo expressed concern over Kashmir slipping into "Islamic fundamentalism".

On the 20th anniversary of the martyrdom of veteran Kashmiri Pandit leader Tikka Lal Taploo, Chrangoo asked the people of the state and the rest of the country to support the creation of Union Territory in North and East of the River Jhelum in the valley for rehabilitation of the displaced.

Referring to yesterday's incident, he claimed that Kashmir is becoming increasing intolerant and turning into a theater of fundamentalism and terrorism.

The group warned New Delhi of giving any concession including revocation of Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and said, "Any concession to separatists and militants in Kashmir will be dangerous. We oppose such package."

Meanwhile, a Joint forum of KP organisations - All Stat Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC), Panun Kashmir observed Balidan Divas (Martyr's day) at a function here and pledged to fight for a homeland for KPs within Kashmir.

Lashing at the Centre over their mishandling Kashmir, ASKPC President, A N Vaishnavi said, "Kashmir has become a Islamic seminary. It has become intolerant. This is dangerous trend. The Burning of Christian schools, a temple and other religious places is part of Pan-Islamic plan."  PTI