Kashmiri Pandits seek Obama's intervention
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Washington, Nov 6: Kashmiri Pandits in the US have appealed to President Barack Obama to take up their cause with top Indian leadership.
“Preservation and protection of fundamental rights of economic, social, religious and political freedom in their homeland Kashmir alone will guarantee the preservation of Kashmiri Pandit culture and community,” the Indo-American Kashmiri Forum (IAKF) said in a statement here.
It also welcomed and supported Senator Sherrod Brown's contention that Kashmiri Pandit culture is at the verge of extinction and can prosper only in its native land of Kashmir Valley.
Brown had recently raised the issue of Kashmiri Pandits with Obama, who is arriving in India today on a three-day visit.
IAKF agrees with Senator Brown's position that "it is imperative that the minority community of Kashmiri Pandits be included in any regional dialogue concerning the future of Jammu and Kashmir," it said.
"It is an unfortunate fact that there has been no concerted effort by the Central Government in New Delhi to develop a specific policy regarding the return of Kashmiri Pandits or engage them in any serious dialogue to ensure their timely return to the homeland," it said.
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