The demand has been raised in the wake of the killing of Rahul Bhat, who was one such employee.
There are about 6,000 Kashmiri Pandits working in Kashmir under the PM’s Special Package. A key condition for the job is that it is not transferable.
Panun Kashmir also demanded that the central government drop the tag of ”migrants” used for Kashmiri Pandits dislocated by terror violence and instead be recognised as victims of “genocide” and “internally displaced persons” as per United Nations conventions.
Among others, adopt and pass “Panun Kashmir Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Bill 2020 ” in order to bring the perpetrators and the collaborators of the genocide Kashmiri Pandits to justice and stop the process of “annihilation” in Kashmir and elsewhere in the country. PK has also demanded the Centre to initiate measures for further reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir thereby addressing the long pending / legitimate urges and aspirations of people of Jammu and simultaneously creation of a separate Union Territory in the north and east of river Vitasta in Kashmir valley under the ambit of Indian Constitution, for the sustained and permanent rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus-as envisioned in ‘Margdarshan’ resolution adopted by the exiled community at a two-day convention in Jammu on December 28, 1991.
The PK’s demand to the Centre came during an online deliberation of its members on the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the barbaric killing of a Kashimiri Pandit youth Rahul Bhat on May 12 at his office in Budgam district in Kashmir and other incidents.
“Till now, around 1,500 Kashmiri Hindus have been brutally massacred individually and in mass massacres at places including Nadimarg,Wandhama, Sangrampora and Gool etc. The selective and barbaric murders of the minority Hindus over the decades including during the last one year including a school principal and a teacher, is a deliberate design of ‘Islamic Jihadis’ engineered to drive out the symbols of religious tolerance and patriotism and Indianness from the sacred soil of Kashmir,” the members said.
They further said, “The mindset, exhibited through some of the provocative and detestable slogans that bellowed from the rooftops of Mosques in early nineties including ‘ralliv, galliv ; yaa tsalliv’ that forced the Kashmiri Pandit community into exile lock stock and barrel in 1990 is still intact. The process of annihilation of Hindus continues unabated till date in spite of supposedly a ‘strong’ government at the Centre.”
“Till date, the successive governments have treated issues pertaining to internal displacement of Kashmiri Pandits in a very tokenistic way. This has been manifest nakedly in the policies with regard to the return and rehabilitation of the ethnic Hindu minority of Kashmir. The successive governments treated this most sensitive issue of religious cleansing and genocide as if it were a problem similar to some natural disaster,” the organisation said.
The activists also extended their full support to the striking ‘PM package employees’ in the valley. They also appealed to every member of the community to light a candle on Saturday evening as a mark of solidarity towards the cause of the striking employees.