US' Kashmiri Pandits Seek Help For Separate Homeland25 January 2010
Washington DC: An international body of Kashmiri Pandits has sought the help of US Government and its lawmakers in the rehabilitation of the community by creation of a separate homeland for them in Jammu and Kashmir. A delegation of International Kashmir Federation (IKF) met senior State Department officials and influential lawmakers last week; besides submitting a memorandum in this regard to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 'This safe haven, also called 'Panun Kashmir' meaning 'My Kashmir' will allow the Kashmiri Hindus promote their culture in safety,' IKF said in the memorandum to Clinton. 'First requirement is survival, culture comes later. Kashmiri Pandits want to return to Kashmir because, first, they have lived there for thousands of years; second, because their jobs are there; third, because the backdrop of their ethos is there,' it said.