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|Talks with Pakistan meaningless till cross-border terrorism not stopped
Jammu (India) February 25, 009
Report and Images by Raman Raina
JAMMU, FEB 25: Saying that Central Government has surrendered before the Pakistan, displaced Kashmiri Pandits have demanded that talks with Pakistan should only be held if that country ends cross border terrorism.
The Pandits today held a held protest demonstration against the Foreign Secretaries meeting between India and Pakistan in New Delhi, urging Central Government that till cross border terrorism does not end, there should be no talks with neibhouring country.
A joint forum of about half a dozen Kashmiri Pandit (KP) organizations held a joint protest demonstration and raised slogans against holding talks with the Pakistan.
"Talks are meaningless as Pakistan has taken no action in bringing to justice the perpetrators of 26/11 carnage in Mumbai and has been consistently aiding and abetting terrorism against India", said Amar Nath Vaishnavi, president All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC).
Vaishnavi said that the recent killings of members of Sikh community in Peshawar are a glaring example of the support that the terrorist are receiving from the state of Pakistan.
He lashed out at the central government for allowing the secessionist leaders an opportunity to meet the foreign secretary of Pakistan before the beginning of the talks.
"This is an abject surrender before the secessionist forces that are being upon pursuing the divisive agenda", said Chrungoo. The Pandit organizations have said that the minority community of Kashmir Valley is worst victim of Islamic terrorism and they can understand the pain of minorities of Pakistan. "Five lakh Pandits have suffered at the hands of terrorists who are driven by ideology which is against the civilized world", Chrungoo.
Pandits have said that being main stakeholders in Kashmir issue, the community reject any dialogue aimed at to appease the fundamentalist and terrorist groups supported by Pakistan.
"We also hold the state of Pakistan responsible for the mayhem in Kashmir and or aiding and abetting terrorism in India for last 30 years. The U-turn taken by the government of India under the pressure of the United States has broutn its diplomatic and political position at a new low internationally", said Dr R.L Bhat, national vice-president Vichar manch.
As a part of the nationalist forces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmiri Pandit community would also uphold forces in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the KP community would also uphold sovereignty, unity and integrity of India and would not allow any dilution in this regard. The displaced KPs community under no circumstances would abandon its solemn responsibility in apprising the nation about the ill effects of the government's unilateral decision of holding talks at this junction.
"KPs who are the indigenous people of Kashmir, would always uphold their rightful and first claim on the territory of Kashmir and would continue to fight for their geo-political rights in Kashmir while living in exile", said H.L Chatta. Genetral secretary, ASKPC .
The protesters were also addressed by Virender Raina, national spokesperson, PK, D.N Kissu, chairman, non-camp coordination committee, H.L Bhat, general secretary, JK Vichar Manch and P.L Raina, camp representative
|Raman Raina is Shehjar's Chief Photo Journalist based in Jammu, India.
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