New Delhi: A prominent Kashmiri Pandit association has termed reports of threats to the community living in the Kashmir Valley as an attempt to “increase the trust deficit among the population living in the Valley”. The president of the Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti (KPSS) Sanjay K. Tickoo stated that Jammu and Kashmir is facing political instability due to the debate around the removal of Articles 35A and 370 of the constitution and reports of threats to the Kashmiri Pandits were an attempt to “distract people’s attention from the issues”.
“KPSS strongly believe that the religious minuscule minority (Kashmiri Pandit) who so ever is living in Kashmir Valley is living of his own and the kind of relationship maintained within their respective neighborhood. It seems that the news item about life threat to the religious minuscule minority (Kashmiri Pandit) in Kashmir Valley is a hoax pre-planned conspiracy and is aimed to sacrifice the Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir Valley to gain some vested interest political mileage (sic),” KPSS stated in a statement release on Monday.
Tickoo added that “by sacrificing the religious minuscule minority (Kashmiri Pandit) in Kashmir Valley”, agencies with vested interests wanted to justify the removal of Articles 35A and 370, which “give special status to J&K”.
Asserting that Kashmiri Pandits have “full faith in the masses and more particularly on their respective neighborhood”, KPSS said neighbours had always stood by the Pandits to “not allow past mistakes to happen again, which can permanently damage the social fabric of Kashmir Valley”. “We believe in unity against those trying to destroy our existence in Kashmir Valley,” the statement read.
However, since the news was telecast, some “unscrupulous elements” from “the local Majority Community” are creating communal tensions and harassing the Kashmiri Pandit population, KPSS said. The onus lies on the “local Majority Community” to “stop these unscrupulous elements with vested interests who want to permanently damage and dislodge the Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley”, it added.