JAMMU: Political Steering Committee (PSC) of GKPD, an initiative by uprooted Kashmiri Pandits across the globe, organized an interactive session of prominent Kashmiri Pandits at Jammu to deliberate on the New Challenges and Way Forward for the displaced community.
Addressing the members, Sh. Moti Kaul, Chairman – Political Steering Committee (PSC) gave an overview of GKPD and its focus on Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing of the displaced members of the community in 1990.
He said that the GKPD was diverting its full attention to bringing to the notice of the world community how the genocide of the Kashmiri religious minority was perpetrated by malevolent elements of Kashmirian majority community under external prompting.
The community is however appreciative of Governor’s administration dealing with separatist and militant elements in accordance with the law of the land.
For the first time in the three-decade-old history of terrorism- fundamentalism in the State, the actors behind the sedition stand exposed, their networks busted and their funding sources choked. It is shameful that no mainstream political party on regional or national level except the BJP included in their manifestos about the rehabilitation of the displaced Pandits in their homeland.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. K.L. Chowdhury disclosed that the GKPD will be taking up the case of genocide and ethnic cleansing strongly at the UN and other important world fora as well as reputed human rights organizations in different countries of the world to build consensus of opinion on genocide of the Pandits of Kashmir.
He noted that while human rights violation cases of far less consequence were expeditiously pursued by the State or the Central government over the years, not a word has been said about the genocide of these highly threatened peoples in this part of the globe.
Prof. K.N. Pandita in his address said “It is an irony that in spite of the demand of the entire displaced community of 700000 people, the State and the Central governments never set up any commission of inquiry to probe the causes and course of the genocide and extirpation of a defenseless and unarmed community known for its peaceful and non – violent behavior.” He further stated that the only reason for the governments to decline setting up of an impartial commission of inquiry is that many ugly truths will be uncovered and many actors in the perfidy will be exposed to their utter dismay.
Dealing with the subject of return and rehabilitation of the displaced community, Sh. K.K. Khosa asserted that we are the indigenous people of the valley and we are the progeny of its oldest inhabitants from Neolithic times. As such, we have a strong and undeniable right to our homeland. No power on earth can deny us the land in which the ashes of our forefathers remain consigned since the dawn of history.
The prominent members present, while appreciating the role played by GKPD conveyed their unflinching support to take up the case to the International community so as to ensure we get due justice. They further added that forcing us out of our homes and hearths was not the only tragedy that has undone us; in exile we have become a threatened people whose language, culture, tradition, customs, mlife style and spiritual philosophy that sustained us for thousands yeas, all are under grave threat of destruction.
Touching about the Temples and Shrines, they gave an overview of the destruction of our Temples and Shrines in the Valley. Their landed properties have been illegally encroached upon and even revenue records have been altered to replace ownership.
While concluding the session, Sh. Moti Kaul thanked all the members present for their active participation and valuable inputs.
Members present were: Padamshree K.N. Pandita, Dr K.L Choudhury, Sh. K.K Khosa, Sh. Kuldeep Khoda, Sh. P. N. Goja, Sh. M. K. Jalali, Sh. G. J. Kampasi, Sh. B. L. Ticku, Sh. Bihari Kak, Sh. Anil Bhat, Sh. Ajay Khosa, Sh. B. L. Zutshi, Sh.A.K. Raina, Dr.Meenakshi Kilam, Sh. Kashmiri Lal Bhat and Sh. Aryan Ramesh