Militants’ warning to Kashmiri Pandits

Tribune News Service, by correspondent, 22 July, 2005 Srinagar – Four militant groups today warned the migrant Kashmiri Pandits against returning to the Kashmir valley even as separatist Hurriyat Conference had launched its efforts for their return after a gap of over 16 years.

The Kashmir Samiti, one of the major organisations of the Pandits, yesterday rejected the APHC stand on their return.

Nearly 50 representatives of various groups of the community had a meeting with the Mirwaiz-led APHC here on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the four organisations in a faxed statement to some local media agencies “re-imposed the ban” on the return of the Pandits for their “dubious role” by deserting the majority community at a crucial time.

The spokesman, Samiullah, stated that the Pandits left the valley at the instance of the then Governor “by not only supporting his evil designs but extending their support”.

He also reacted to the role of the Hurriyat Conference in the ongoing “freedom struggle”.

The four organisations, the Al-Nasireen, the Farzandan-e-Millat, the Save Kashmir Movement and the Al-Arifeen, for the first time surfaced with the warning against those boarding the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus on April 7.

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