The Panun Kashmir (PK), an organisation of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, on Friday urged the Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma that the Centre should announce its policy making it clear that the issue of “azaadi” or “self-determination” is simply absurd and irrelevant.
A delegation of PK led by its President, AshwaniChurangoo, met Sharma when he visited the Kashmiri migrant colony at Jagti near here during his second visit to J&K.
The PK insisted that the centre should come out with baseline policy emphasizing that there is no mandate to discuss secession of J&K with anyone. Since the government is not mandated to negotiate any kind of secession so the issue of so called self determination or azaadi is simply absured and irrllenavnt.
Sharma reached here from Delhi and directly drove to Jagti to meet the Kashmiri Pandit migrants who are the worst sufferers of terrorism. Sharma, who visited Srinagar and Jammu earlier this month, will be in the state for four days, spending two days in Jammu before going to Kashmir. Before leaving for Srinagar, he will meet those displaced from border villages due to shelling by Pakistan army. In Kashmir, he will visit the “ground zero” of unrest in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts.
The PK delegation insisted that Kashmiri pandits should be settled in Kashmir as per the demand of homeland with the Union Territory (UT) status on the north and east of river Jhelum. The UT thus created should have free flow of Indian Constitution without the absured article like 370 and 35A. They also demanded scrapping of these two Articles.
It was further demanded that the Prime Minister’s package of employing 3000 should be initiated through a separate recruitment board. The delegation pleaded the case of over aged youth of the community and demanded one time settlement compensation plan for them.
Churangoo said that Sharma was very cordial and responsive and positively responded to suggestions by saying that he is desirous of taking the process dialogue ahead.
A former Chief Secretary and leader of National Conference, Vijay Bakaya, suggested to the interlocutor that separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandits should be built in the valley for their return.