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Hundreds of Kashmiri families worried about kin in Nepal

Srinagar, April 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, families of hundreds of Kashmiris working in Nepal are concerned about the safety of their relatives and have urged the puppet administration to help trace their whereabouts. Scores of families told media in Srinagar over phone that they had lost contact with their kith and kin working in Kathmandu and Pokhra after an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale hit the kingdom on Saturday.

“I have been repeatedly trying contact my brother Javaid Ahmad Shah but I am not able to make it,” said a Srinagar resident. Saleem Ahmad Butt, a handicrafts dealer who returned home from Nepal two days ago, said that there were at least 2,000 Kashmiris working in Kathmandu.

Several Kashmiri businessmen, mostly handicrafts dealers, have set up showrooms and shops in Kathmandu in view of heavy tourist influx to the Himalayan State. President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), Ashiq Hussain said they were getting phone calls from scores of families seeking help in locating their relatives working in Nepal.

“We don’t know about the exact number of Kashmiris working in Nepal but scores of our brothers have gone there in connection with business.” Kashmir Police has set up a helpline in Srinagar for all those people whose relatives or friends are in Nepal. The people can call up at: 0194-2456600, 0194-2450004 for inquiry. Meanwhile, Javed Ahmad Shah, brother of Hurriyet leader, Shahid-ul-Islam is also missing in Nepal after deadly earthquake hit the country.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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