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Kashmiri Pandits' sacrifice went unnoticed: UKF

Kashmiri Pandits' sacrifice went unnoticed: UKF

Author: ENS
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: September 10, 2009

Expressing anguish over ignoring 'martyrdom' of hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits who were killed by militants, the United Kashmiriyat Forum (UKF) has asked the government to honour the community members who laid down their lives for a national cause.

In a meeting organised to pay tributes to Pandit martyrs on Sunday, the executive members off UKF expressed anxiety over the role of the state government.

UKF chairman Bharat Raina said those who killed hundreds of Pandits were leading a luxurious life while their misdeed caused fear psychosis among the entire community which resulted in migration of over five lakh people who are now living miserably in different parts the country.

He said it was shocking that nobody, whether in the state government or the Centre, ever mentioned the sacrifice of the Pandits who lost their lives only because they were nationalists. "From December 1989 till March 1990,312 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by militants all across the valley, which clears the fact that all was being done under, a conspiracy to compel the community to migrate," he said.

UKF secretary Ashwani Bhat asked all KP organisations to unite for the cause so that the "great souls of the community" could be honoured. Earlier, two minute silence was observed to pay respects to the martyrs.

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