The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of the Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said the reluctance of Kashmir Pandits to return back to Kashmir deflates the incumbent government claims of return of peace to Jammu and Kashmir.
While speaking at a function in New Delhi, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said, “Unless New Delhi doesn’t amend its past mistakes, return of peace to Jammu and Kashmir will remain elusive. If peace was restored in Kashmir then why Kashmiri pandit employees are not re-joining their duties in Kashmir? To make the matters worse for them, the protesting pandit employees are being told that they would either be sacked or their salaries won’t be paid if they don’t rejoin duty. They cannot get away with lies. A lie has no legs.”
Calling out the discrimination being meted out with Kashmir province in terms of budgetary allocations, Dr. Farooq said, “The incumbent government is spending just around 40 percent of the funds on Kashmir.”
Exhorting the people to unite against divisive forces, he said, “We need to stay strong internally. If we are strong among ourselves, no one would be able to defeat us. We don’t have to think in terms of Hindu or Muslims. I’m waiting for the day when this evil of communal frenzy will die. If this nation has to grow, it has to bid goodbye to communalism.”(KNS)