Muslims perform last rites of Pandit neighbor at Maharaj Gunj

Upholding the age-old communal harmony, Muslims in Shaher-e-Khaas performed the last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit who breathed his last yesterday.
Muslims perform last rites of Pandit neighbor at Maharaj Gunj
Upholding the age-old communal harmony, Muslims in Shaher-e-Khaas performed the last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit who breathed his last yesterday. 
Dhanraj Malhotra, a Kashmiri Pandit from Maharaj Gunj, who stayed in Valley when others from his community migrated in early '90s', was not in good health from past few weeks. "Our Muslim brothers took care of my father when he was alive and performed his last rites after his death," said Bharat Malhotra, the son of the deceased. "My father never felt he is a Pandit living in majority Muslim area," he said. 
Bharat said that his uncle (brother of deceased) Tilak Raj Malhotra was killed by unidentified gunmen in 1993.  "Despite that incident, my father stayed here. He took care of his nephew as well who lives in the same house in the Old city," he said. 
As the news of his death broke, locals were inconsolable. "We were upset over his demise. We always treated him and his family as our own and shared our joys and sorrows," said Muhammad Sultan, a trader. 
"To help our neighbors irrespective of their religion is our duty which we performer," a group of his Muslim neighbor said. 
Last month, the residents of Khanqah-e-Sokhta Nawakadal in Shaher-e-Khaas performed last rites of a Kashmir Pandit woman— who belonged to lone family of the minority community in the area.  CNS
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