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Kashmiri Pandits demand reversal of exile

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Kashmiri pandits across the world have urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to grant an urgent meeting of Kashmiri pandits representatives to talk about the reversal of their exile from Jammu and Kashmir.
On the eve of Balidan Divas, tributes poured in at a webinar Mahapanchayat of Kashmir Pandits in which the family members of some of the prominent martyrs were present to remember their loved ones.
Participants from the Kashmiri Pandit community from Jammu, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Canada, Cape Town and England joined the webinar.
In a statement released after the event, the organizer said that seven hundred thousand population of exiled native Kashmiris spread all over the globe are longing to return to their homeland on their own terms.
“Our roots are engraved in the soil of Valley for more than five thousand years and have our existential stake in Kashmir,” said the statement.
They also appealed and urged the PM Modi, Amit Shah, and Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to implement the will of the nation for reversal of three decades of exile.
“We seek their help to create socio-political consensus in the Country and JK Union territory for the return, restitution, rehabilitation and political empowerment of exiled natives back in Kashmir Valley,” the statement said.
The Kashmiri pandits also demanded to constitute a high-level commission of inquiry (SIT) headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to be assisted by NIA Chief, DG JK police & Director IB to probe and investigate the conspiracies behind the ethnic cleansing of religious minority and killings of innocent native Kashmiris by terrorists and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“To preserve, protect and manage the Hindu religious shrines, the endowments and land/properties thereto, under a statutory authority headed by Chief Secretary and issue ordinance urgently in this behalf,” it said.
The Kashmiri pandits also demanded the creation of a single widow nodal authority under Chief Secretary for addressing all the Kashmiri Pandits issues and implementing all the schemes in place likely to be formulated for them in future by the central Government and LG administration.

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