Hurriyat (M) leader and Jammu & Kashmir People's Political Party (PPP) Chairman, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, on Thursday said that the Gaw Kadal massacre was a well thought-out plan to pave way for migration of Pandits from the valley.
Demanding punishment to the perpetrators of the massacre, War said that the Gaw Kadal massacre is perhaps the first of its kind in the history of Kashmir in which signals of massacre were given well in advance.
"On January 20, 1990 Jagmohan's first television address as governor of J & K State stunned everyone. It was clear cut provocative address and a direct threat in which Jagmohan said if anybody creates a law and order problem, meray haathon say aman ka patta khisak jaye ga (the cards of peace I'm carrying will slip away from my hands). And in less than 24-hours the threat was carried out in a brutal manner," said War.
He appealed the Pandit fraternity not to continue to be a part of the Jagmohan conspiracy, "willingly or unwillingly".
"I request and invite my Pandit brethren to come back and live shoulder to shoulder with Muslims and those Pandits who braved all odds but stayed put in 1990."
Ruling out the creation of a separate homeland, War said the whole idea has been engineered by the ideologues of RSS. "There are no takers for this homeland business of RSS and my Pandit friends should understand that. They shouldn't become pawns in the hands of the Hindutva forces," he said.
War had issued a strike call in the civil lines areas of Srinagar city from Polo View to Hari Singh High Street today to commemorate the death anniversary of victims of Gaw Kadal massacre.
At least fifty civilians were killed and 250 others injured when CRPF men fired at a procession near Gaw Kadal on this day in 1990.