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‘Million March’ against broken promises by New Delhi

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Srinagar: Separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday declared ‘Million March’ on November 7, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to address a rally in Sher-I-Kashmir park in Kashmir valley.

Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that his party is approaching the state administration for a formal permission for the rally. The outfit is planning to hold the rally at the Tourist Reception Centre ground in Srinagar which is close to the spot where Modi is expected to address a gathering. Claiming that the Geelani rally would witness more turnout, Akbar further said that it will be a clear referendum and the rally is to underline that Kashmir dispute is not about terrorism but rights and broken promises of New Delhi.

Assuring the rally to be peaceful, Akbar said, “We will take the responsibility of the proposed march and its discipline in our hands. The event will not create any law and order problem and nor will it disturb the traffic system.”

Akbar further said that both the programs will decide how many people are with India and how many favour the freedom struggle in Kashmir.

Geelani’s rally has been strategically called at the backdrop when the government and the PDP are undertaking huge initiatives to make Modi’s rally a grand success.

Other separatist factions are expected to attend the Geelani rally.

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The Plight Of Kashmir’s Pandits

The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Plight of Kashmiri Pandits continues: Community members. Flickr

Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Kashmiri Hindus protest renaming of Shankaracharya Hill. Flickr

Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)

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