Houston (USA). Kashmiri Pandits in the US strongly condemned the recent targeted killings of civilians by terrorists in the Kashmir Valley and urged the Indian government to review its Kashmir policy. At the same time, it has also been said that if the minority community wants to return to the valley, then they should also be provided with suitable security.
At least seven people have been killed in the Kashmir Valley in the last five days. Four of them were from minority communities. The Kashmir Overseas Association, a socio-cultural organization of Kashmiri Pandits in the US, has expressed grief and anger over the brutal murder of Makhan Lal Bindru, Virendra Paswan and two teachers- Deepak Chand Mehra and Supinder Kaur.
Association head Dr Archana Kakru said, “These incidents have brought back painful memories of 1990, when community members were being killed, women were being raped, children were being orphaned, resulting in over four lakh More people migrated to save their dignity.
“The government must increase security in the Valley, especially for the non-Muslim minority,” said Lavanya Vemsani, professor of Indian history at Shawnee State University, Ohio. Dr. Ashok Moza, head and founder of Chemicals Inc. said, ” “The recent killings are a clear reminder that non-Muslims in general and Kashmiri Pandits in particular are vulnerable in the Valley.”
On the recent killings, cultural activist Sanjay Kaul in Boston said the government must review its Kashmir policy, provide security to the community and work to build their confidence.