Kashmiri Pandits in exile suffer setback as Mufti Govt refuses White Paper on exodus from Valley


In a setback to the cause of the exiled Kashmiri Pandit community which suffered mass exodus from the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government has rejected the recommendation of a powerful parliamentary panel set up by Union Home Ministry. A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in it’s report on Rehabilitation of J&K Migrants had asked both Union Ministry of Home Affairs, and the J&K government to come out with a whitepaper on mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits as well as the rise of militancy in the state. However the refusal of the state government to come out with a white paper has ruffled the feathers in the union government as well as the panel. The panel replied by saying that in an age when transparency in governance is the need of the hour, the orthodox views of the state government were not conducive to find the truth. The panel said that with Indian view on terrorism being appreciated across the world, investing the issue, pondering over it, and analysis of the reasons could not harm anyone’s case.

The Parliamentary panel as such has reiterated the need for a White Paper on the exodus as it will tell the whole world about the reason why KPs had to leave the valley, who was responsible for this tragedy, and how the community has coped with exile. The Panel in a startling recommendation also saidd that the White Paper should also throw light on people responsible for the forced migration of the community which has suffered lot of problems after leaving their homes. The Parliamentary panel has also called for looking into the grievances of the migrant community, and issues related to non-inclusion of unregistered families in the Migrants list. A number of people from Kashmir who have migrated have alleged that a number of their families have not been registered.
The Parliamentary Panel has also reacted sharply to the refusal of the state government on the isuse, and said that it was not convinced by the statement that situation on the ground had improved enough as there is no need for registration of displaced families.

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