Come Back Home Pandits: Pleads Yasin Malik
Yasin Malik – the chairman of the separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), continues to call for Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes. His latest appeal came from the Kheer Bhawani temple in the Ganderbal district, where thousands of Pandits, and returning migrants flocked to the nearby shrine to celebrate the area’s annual fair.
He told worshipers at the temple that all native Kashmiri want the Pandits to return to their localities and that no ruler can prevent them from doing so. He said they deserve the same rights as Muslims and that it was a religious duty to safeguard those rights.
Malik explained that the Pandits are an integral part of Kashmir history and society, and that religion teaches tolerance and equality for all. He pleaded that Kashmiris cannot abandon their brothers.
The event was co-organized by The Central University of Kashmir (CUK), who provided food and drink to attendees. Malik was joined by other JKLF leaders, including Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Showkat Ahmad Dar, Bashir Ahmad Rather Boya, Mohammad Jamal, Shahid Makya, Gayas-ud-Din, and others.
The JKLF was founded in 1994 and aims to liberate Jammu and Kashmir from India and reunite it with Pakistan as an independent state. Malik caused the group to splinter when he renounced the use of violence, and now calls for the Hindu/Pandits who fled during the conflict to return to Kashmir. Malik claims to be nationalist and believes Muslim militants in Kashmir are harming the process of independence with ulterior motives.