Insurgency wrecks the lives of Kashmiri Pandits
- When insurgency erupted in the Kashmir valley in the 1990s, thousands of Pandit families left the valley intimidated by the militants whose threats forced them to abandon their homes.
- Overnight the families were displaced faced with only two options: either to convert to Islam or flee.
- Since then, Pandits have been living in miserable conditions of deprivation in camps or some moved to Jammu.
Unofficial statistics claim 1- 1.9 lakh people fled
Different accounts give different statistics of the total number of Kashmiri Pandits who fled in the1990s ranging between 100,000-190,000.
Voices heard for the return of Pandits
19 Jan 2016
- On the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Kashmiri Pandit exodus, several leaders spoke on the issue.
- Omar Abdullah said that enough had not been done by the government to get the Kashmiri Pandits back to the valley.
- Actor Anupam Kher also spoke on the issue and said that Kashmiri Pandits should be rehabilitated and given their homes back.
Hizbul Mujahideen invites Kashmiri Pandits back
20 Oct 2016
- The Hizbul Mujahideen has invited the Kashmiri Pandits back to the valley, years after they were displaced after the exodus of the 1990s.
- In an officials statement, the group said, "We request Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes. We take responsibility of their safety."
- The group added that they were recruiting Sikh youths into the organization.
Kashmiri Pandits begin chain hunger strike
28 Oct 2016
- Protesting against the lack of adequate security measures for them, Kashmiri Pandit government employees have refused to return to work unless security is improved.
- Their transit camps were allegedly attacked by stone pelting mobs, leading to the indefinite protest.
- Also protesting their withheld salaries, All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee chairman, Vinod Pandit said they would "fast unto death if our demands are not met."
J&K assembly passes resolution for Pandits' return
19 Jan 2017
- The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly unanimously passed a resolution calling for the return of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants back to the valley.
- Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri approved the introduction of the resolution and it was passed unanimously by voice vote.
- Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked parties to "rise above politics and pass a resolution."
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