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Separate homeland would satisfy aspirations of KPs: Panun

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 16:25

Jammu: Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, on Saturday asserted that a separate homeland in the Valley alone would satisfy the aspirations of seven lakh members of the community.

"Panun Kashmir is of the firm belief and understanding that a separate homeland alone would satisfy the urges and aspirations of the Kashmiri Pandit community," Panun Kashmir president Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said.

Chrungoo was addressing a function here today to commemorate the Margdarshan Resolution on the occasion of Homeland day.
It was on this day that Kashmiri Pandits articulated comprehensively their geopolitical aspirations after their forced mass exodus from the Kashmir Valley.

"Any other form of resettlement in Kashmir that does not address the geopolitical aspirations of the community would lead to refoulment like the previous seven exoduses," he said.

Chrungoo said that all experiments aimed at diluting the fundamental geopolitical aspirations of the Kashmiri Pandit community are bound to fail.

"We have seen in the recent past some statements appearing in the press suggesting various experiments in regard to the resettlement in Kashmir. Such statements have the potential to confuse the community at a crucial juncture and should be avoided," Chrungoo added.

All those community members who become part of such experimentation will harm the community interests in the long-run, he said, adding, the return and resettlement is a most serious political issue.

"It was the Margdarshan resolution that paved way for the organised resistance to genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir," Chrungoo said.
He said the resolution which advocated separate homeland for Kashmiri Hindus on the North and East of river Jhelum with free flow of Indian constitution with union territory status, has stood the test of time for the last more than two decades and their belief in the historic resolution is increasing by the day.

Voicing similar views, Virender Raina, spokesperson, Panun Kashmir said that a separate homeland for Kashmiri Pandits also meets the strategic imperatives of the nation by strengthening the restive northern frontiers.

In the emerging political scenario, after the America`s withdrawal from Afghanistan and China making inroads in PoK, the situation for India could become hazardous.

In this situation, Panun Kashmir on the north and east of river Jhelum in Kashmir would serve as a "bulwark" against both China and Pakistan, Raina said.

First Published: Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 16:25

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