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Kashmiri Pandits in US condemn targeted civilian killings; Ask India to re-evaluate J&K policy

By PTI

HOUSTON: Kashmiri Pandits in the US have strongly condemned the recent targeted and horrific killings of civilians in the Valley by terrorists and asked the Indian government to re-evaluate its Kashmir policy and provide proper security to the minority community if it allows them to wants to return. .

At least seven people were killed by terrorists in the Kashmir Valley in the last five days.

Four of those killed belonged to the minority community.

The Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA), a socio-cultural organization of Kashmiri Pandits in the US, has expressed grief and pain over the gruesome killings of pharmacy owner Makhan Lal Bindru, street food vendor Virendra Paswan and two teachers Deepak Chand Mehra. and Supinder Kaur.

Two days after the killing of Kaur, a Sikh living in Srinagar and Mehra, a Hindu from Jammu, a shadow outfit of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), The Resistance Force on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the deaths of three people. .

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Bindru, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit and owner of Srinagar’s most famous pharmacy, was shot dead at his shop the same evening.

Minutes later, Paswan, a ‘chaat’ vendor from Bihar, was shot at elsewhere in the city.

Around the same time, another civilian, Mohammed Shafi Lone, was killed at Naidkhai in Bandipora.

Three days before this, terrorists shot and killed Majid Ahmed Gojri in Karna Nagar area of ​​Srinagar.

Later that Saturday night, they shot Mohammed Shafi Dar in Batamaloo.

According to the KOA, when Kashmiri Pandits living in different parts of the US heard about the “horrific, targeted killings of innocent people in Kashmir by terrorists”, feelings of anger and helplessness grew.

KOA President Dr Archana Kokru said, “These incidents brought back painful memories of 1990, when community members were murdered, women were raped, children were orphaned, resulting in over 400,000 More people had migrated.”

“The recent targeted killings have terrorized the minority community in the Valley and many people are again running from their homes,” Kokru said.

“Our peace-loving and progressive community has survived the brutality of the 1990 forced exodus because of our perseverance and hard work. We continue to live by our values ​​of non-violence. Killing one of us is not a victory for terrorists,” Kokru he said.

“This is the saddest incident that every humanitarian should mourn. India is a free nation and all Indians have constitutional rights and freedoms.

Some negotiators should not be able to threaten human rights with violence, ?? Lavanya Vemsani, professor of Indian history and religion at Shawnee State University, Ohio, said.

“The government should increase security in the Valley, especially for the non-Muslim minorities,” Vemsani said.

Dr Ashok Moza, Chairman and Founder of Chemicals Inc., said the Indian government “needs to consider creating groups of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits and other non-Muslims in different parts of the Valley and provide them the same security as Israel.” has provided to its citizens on the West Bank.

“The recent killing is a clear reminder that non-Muslims in general and Kashmiri Pandits in particular are vulnerable in the Valley,” Moza said.

Commenting on the recent killings, Sanjay Kaul, a longtime social and cultural activist in Boston who is also the vice-president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, said the government should “re-evaluate its Kashmir policy and provide the community with appropriate security”. And if they are encouraging them to stay in the Valley, then work to build their confidence.”

He said that the Kashmiri Pandit community is once again on edge as their crisis continues even after 32 years of exile.

Responding to the incident, Pran Chakki, eminent technologist and longtime Houston resident, said, “The incident has horrified and shocked Kashmiri Pandits globally.

I hope the government will act strictly.

If the security of the minority community and their right to live in the place of birth cannot be guaranteed, then the government has failed us.

Regents Professor Emeritus Padma Shri awardee Subhash Kak at the prestigious Oklahoma State University said: “Very sad to read about the brutal killings by terrorists in Srinagar. We must persevere and fight this evil for good”.

PK-ReHinGe activist Rajesh Kachru in Virginia advocated the establishment of a homeland for Kashmiri Hindus east and north of the Jhelum River and the adoption of Panun Kashmir’s 1991 Guidance Resolution.

“We have reiterated that the only safe option for Kashmiri Hindus, who are refugees in their own country, is to establish a motherland east and north of the Jhelum river and adopt the 1991 Guiding Resolution of Panun Kashmir,” Kachru said.

KOA Secretary Anil Ganju said, “The KOA sends its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and prays that there are no more killings. We all stand in solidarity with the families of these bravehearts.”

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