‘Migration of Kashmiri Pandits created vacuum in J&K`

Last Updated: Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 21:03

Jammu: Describing Kashmiri Pandits as an
integral part of Kashmiri ethos, state minister Ali Mohammad
Sagar on Sunday said the community`s large-scale migration from
the state has created a vacuum in the society.

The state rural development minister was speaking at a
function here.
Referring to the concept of Kashmiriyat, Sagar said
that despite vested efforts to create a chasm between the two
communities (Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims), they still share a
strong bond, common ethos and culture.

"The time is not far when they (Kashmiri Pandits)
would return and again start living in the same old tradition
of mutual brotherhood and peaceful co-existence," he said.
Referring to the role of late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah
in ensuring peace in the state, Sagar said that the idea of
mutual co-existence and peaceful living was advocated by the
late leader several decades ago.

"The role of the (late) leader was even acknowledged
by various political stalwarts of that time when they
maintained that they saw a ray of hope emanating from the
Kashmir Valley," Sagar said.

The government would also extend all possible help to
organisations working for the upliftment and enrichment of the
rich Kashmiri culture, he said.


First Published: Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 21:03

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