Senior J&K politicians reach out to protesting Kashmiri Pandits

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SRINAGAR — The Kashmir Pandits continued their protests for the fourth consecutive day in Vessu area of Qazigund against innocent killings in Kashmir.

Protestors on the occasion, while talking to the news agency— Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that the government is issuing statements on their own without taking Kashmiri Pandits on board.

They must take Kashmir Pandits on board before taking any decision and issuing statements, they said, adding that they must be posted in Jammu till any concrete road map won’t be formed by the government when all six lakh Pandits will return to Kashmir at a time.

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“Posting us at DC offices is not a solution as we have to reach there and reaching there won’t be safe for us,” they added.

Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Gh Nabi Azad talked to protesters on phone and assured them that he is going to take up their issues with the Centre and their all genuine demands will be accepted.

PAGD spokesperson and CPIM leader M Y Tarigami, who visited Vessu Qazigund on Monday, requested protestors not to leave Kashmir as it is not the solution and it is the duty of everyone to protect everyone.

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On the occasion, Tarigami said that it will be a festival for both Pandits and Muslims when both communities will live together here safely.

“Keep government assurances aside, the need of the hour at present is that Pandits need assurances from the Muslim community about their safety. All civil society members and common people must come forward to assure Pandits about their safety to keep enemies of brotherhood at bay,” he said.

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