Hizbul Mujahideen invites Kashmiri Pandits back

20 Oct 2016 | Written by Gaurav ; Edited by Vaneet Randhawa
Kashmiri Pandits: 27 years of exodus

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.

In context: Kashmiri Pandits: 27 years of exodus

Introduction 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.
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