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Civil society opposes segregation of Kashmiri society

Srinagar, April 13, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a group of eminent citizens opposing segregation of Kashmiri society on communal lines have joined hands to find out an amicable solution to the issue of displaced Kashmiri Pandits. The civil society groups, consisting of people from Kashmiri Muslims, Pandits and Sikhs, say they will engage with displaced Pandits, the administration and all political parties to work out a plan for the return of the Pandit community.

The group says they are unanimous to protect Kashmir’s composite culture and will not allow the segregation of Kashmiri society on religious lines, reports media. “We want to listen to those who have to return… how do they want to come here. For example, my question is Ganpatyar, which is a revered Pandit shrine located in Downtown area, are they going to shift those important shrines to enclaves?” says Khurram Parvez of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society.

The valley belongs to everybody and we have to live together… We will fight against the India’s move tooth-and-nail, says Jagmohan Singh Raina, Chairman All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee. “We oppose dividing society on sectarian lines,” he added. Members of civil society groups say, “Kashmiri Pandits are our brethren… They are owners of this land and we don’t want that right should be taken away from them but the way it is being thrust on us will not provide any solution” said Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Kashmir poet and social activist.

Kashmir based civil society groups yesterday held a round table discussion on the India’s plan to construct separate townships for migrant Pandits. The groups that participated in the discussion included Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, Kashmir Economic Alliance, Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, KCDS, Sikh Coordination Committee and Kashmir University Students Union. The spokesman said that a noted academician from US, Dr Mona Bhan also participated in the discussion. “The discussion explored ways and means to work out a mechanism for return of Kashmiri Pandits.

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