'Kashmiri Pandits Don't Need Salahuddin's Certificate'23 April 2010
Jammu: Panun Kashmir, an organisation of dispalced Kashmiri Pandits, today rejected Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin's statement that their exodus from the valley had shaken the faith of fellow Muslims in them, saying they do not need any prescription from him. 'We outrightly reject the recent statement of terrorist leader Syed Salahudin on exodus and resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir', Panun Kashmir President Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo told reporters after a political affairs committee (PAC) meeting here today. 'Kashmiri Pandits do not need any certificate or prescription on their exdous from the perpetrators of ethnic cleansing,' he said. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) supremo Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jehad Council (UJC), had said in an interview to a local news agency yesterday that Kashmiri Pandits are part of Kashmir but their exodus from the valley at the behest of the then governor Jagmohan had shaken the faith of Kashmiri Muslims in them. Noting that Pandits have an inalienable right over Kashmir, the KP leader said, 'Kashmir belongs to us and we belong to Kashmir. We don't need dictation from these terrorists.'. Panun Kashmir has been advocating carving out of a separate homeland for Pandits within Kashmir.