KPs Mulling To Migrate Again: Dr Sameer Koul

15 September 2015
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Dr Sameer Kaul, a noted Kashmir Pandit leader, Tuesday said Kashmiri Pandits are mulling to migrate again from Kashmir 'due to sense of insecurity' and urged separatists and civil society in Kashmir to 'ensure their emotional integration into culture of brotherhood and communal harmony in the Valley.' 'In the aftermath of ban on slaughter of cows and subsequent public reaction to it, Kashmir Pandits living in colonies, at Ganderbal and Sheikhpora, opened under Prime Minister's package in Kashmir are living in atmosphere of insecurity. They are looked upon with suspicion and treated as Indian agents,' Dr Sameer, quoting a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits which called on him, said. 'These Pandits feel that whenever New Delhi takes any step or measures against majority community in Kashmir, they have to bear its brunt. They had also approached a political party to complain against their miserable living condition, but to no avail. The situation has reached a stage where these Pandits are mulling to migrate again from Kashmir,' he said. Elaborating, Dr Sameer said, 'we are looking at another exodus and it will send negative signals across India that there is no tolerance in Kashmir.' 'In this situation, I make a fervent appeal to separatist leadership, civil society, organization like Jamaat-e-Islami to ensure sense of belonging to Kashmir Pandits. Government cannot do much in this situation, but civil population particularly from majority can play an important role,' he said. Hitting out at Government of India and State Government, Dr Sameer said: 'I want to ask them while you are making efforts to bring back and settle Kashmir Pandits in clusters, what about those who have returned years ago? Reconciliation and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits is a test case for the Central and State government and they must address the aspirations of Kashmiri Pandits and not settle political scores on their sufferings,' DrKaul added.