<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Mehbooba Mufti government announced amnesty to first time stone throwers, centre’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma is all set to kick-start `Mission Kashmir’ 2.0 and meet the cross sections of society in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir.Unlike his previous visit last month, Sharma is starting his tour from the winter capital city Jammu on Friday. Sharma will be visiting the migrant pandit camps and meet the representatives of the community to discuss their problems.During his last visit he had met the delegation of Panun Kashmir, an apex body of Kashmir migrant pandits in Jammu. This time around he is touring their camps in Jagti and take on the spot view of their problems.Official figures reveal that around 41,117 migrant families from Kashmir are registered in Jammu and 21,000 others in Delhi and other states. Of the total migrant families living in Jammu, 37,128 are Hindus, 2,246 Muslims, and 1,758 Sikhs.Figures released by Kashmir Pandit Sangrash Simiti (KPSS), an apex body of non-migrant pandits, reveal that 677 Kashmiri pandits have been killed by the militants since 1990. The figures include the mass massacres of Kashmiri Pandits at different places at different times. However, the state government figures reveal that only 219 Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the state since 1989.“From day one we have been saying pandit townships in Kashmir are not alternative to our miseries. We believe that homeland for pandits in the valley with Union territory status is the only solution”, said Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president of Panun Kashmir.In a resolution passed by Panun Kashmir in December 1991, Kashmiri Pandits demanded that the Centre create a homeland comprising the regions of the valley to the East and North of river Jhelum. The homeland, according to Panun Kashmir, should have a union territory status where the Constitution of India is made applicable in letter and spirit to ensure a right to life, liberty, freedom of expression and faith, equality and rule of law.“We have met Sharma last time and we do not have any problem in meeting him again if he desires so this time around. We will be pressing for a homeland. We also want to reiterate that the sovereignty of the country is non-negotiable. It is the bottom-line and government should make it clear during discussions”, said Chrungoo.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiri pandits advocating carving out of a separate homeland for the community in the valley, today urged the RSS to consider abrogation of Article 370 in J&K during its three-day long conference here. “Since the most important meeting of the RSS takes place in Jammu at a very important time, we take an opportunity to make an appeal to the leadership of the RSS to consider the issue of abrogation of Article 370 from the Indian Constitution”, president Panun Kashmir Ashwani Chrungoo told reporters here today. He claimed the Article 370 of the Constitution infringes the fundamental rights of the Indian citizens “in context of Jammu and Kashmir state in many ways”. “It is this Article that has provided a constitutional mechanism to perpetuate the concept of secession in J&K and which justifies a psychological drift from the national mainstream giving rise to absurd theories of sub- nationalism in Kashmir,” Chrungoo said. Article 370 grants special autonomous status to J&K. Chairman, Political Affairs Committee, M L Raina said the Kashmiri Pandits continue to live as refugees in their own country for the last 28 years. “Their pain and agony are unparallel in the post freedom era of our country,” he said, adding that “it would be great if the historic meeting of the RSS gives a clarion call for their resettlement in the valley as per their geo-political aspirations as enunciated in the Margdarshan Resolution of 1991”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Panun Kashmir, an organisation for displaced Kashmiri Pandits, today demanded the sacking of the Jammu and Kashmir Governor and the state government over its “failure” to provide security to the people and curb terrorism. “We urge the government of India to sack the Mehbooba Mufti government and also remove Governor N N Vohra for his failure,” the organisation’s convenor, Agni Shakhar, told reporters here. Chairman Panun Kashmir Ajay Chrungoo condemned the statement of Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh in which he blamed the hapless victims of the Amarnath terror attack for travelling in an “unregistered bus”. The Panun Kashmir demanded setting up of defence panels in the state to deal with growing terrorism. “It is time that Mohalla-level defense committees are formed by the citizens to save the state,” Chrungoo said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kashmiri pandits’ body today demanded setting up of a crimes tribunal to probe the alleged excesses committed against the community during the last three decades. “We demand that a full-fledged crimes tribunal be constituted in Jammu and Kashmir to go into the excesses committed against the Kashmiri pandit community during the last three decades,” president, Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiri pandits, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo told reporters here. He said the “NHRC decision”, observations made by the courts and other accredited human rights bodies in context of the “pandit mass exodus” in Kashmir should form the basis of the judicial review of the crimes committed against the community. All hate crimes, acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing should also be duly brought before the crimes tribunal, Chrungoo said, adding Panun Kashmir should be made a party to the official complaint to the tribunal and a senior Supreme Court judge be appointed its chairman. He said those responsible for the “heinous crimes” against pandits and other minority community members should be brought to justice under the purview of the crimes tribunal “to ensure that the ethnically cleansed community is provided justice”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Organisations working for Kashmiri Pandits here today demanded that the Centre take a fresh view of its policy for the community’s rehabilitation in Kashmir Valley. They claimed that the BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir “failed” to ensure safety of 1,800 Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees under the Prime Minister’s special package announced for the displaced community’s return to homeland. The demand was made during a ‘citizens meet’ organised here by Youth All India Kashmir Samaj (YAIKS) and attended by representatives of Panun Kashmir, KP Joint Action, among others. “It is our serious concern. The government has failed to ensure safety and rehabilitation of just 1,800 KP employees under the PM’s special package and the loud talk of return of the whole community seems a mockery,” YAIKS president R K Bhat alleged. He said, “We demand a re-look into the entire structure of the employee’s rehabilitation policy after a serious dialogue with the concerned representatives of the community.” Bhat said they have apprised the concerned ministers in the government about the woes of the KP employees in Kashmir and sought community’s support to pursue the subject. Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said the government needs to be apprised about the priorities of the community. “The core political issues concerning the geo-political rights of the people have been taken up with the the central government through the appropriate political channel,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)