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An attack on our Pandit brothers attacks the very soul of Kashmir: Dr Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar :The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said every attack on our Pandit brothers is an out and out attack on the very soul of Kashmir Farooq said this while interacting with a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits led by the party Minority Wing Vice President Amit Kaul. The visiting delegations discussed a number of issues concerning Kashmiri Pandits, particularly those living in Kashmir with the party President, NC spokesman said. The visiting delegations said that those KPs who took up government jobs as the first step toward rehabilitation were now struggling for timely payment of their wages, promotions and a decent quality of life. They also stated that despite political rhetoric by the incumbent government, which they rued had done nothing to make them feel safe and secure across Kashmir. They said the bravado created by the ruling dispensation has done nothing to provide them respite from cramped quarters, and discriminatory service rules. Interacting with the delegation members, Farooq assured the delegation members that he will take up the issues with the Lt Governor and Government of India as well. On the return of KPs to Kashmir, he said their stand is clear as crystal. “Kashmiri pandits, for that matter Sikhs and other minorities are part of our socio- cultural milieu. Every attack on our Pandit brothers is an out and out attack on the very soul of Kashmir. I’m looking for times, when both Kashmiri Muslim and Kashmiri Pandits live side by side. However the incumbent government is confined to only pomp and show. On the ground no efforts are being taken to create an enabling environment for their safe and permanent return,

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