Kashmiri Pandits seek government nod to visit Jammu and Kashmir

Updated: Sep 22, 2019, 07:57 IST | Agencies |

The Valley has been under a security clampdown since the revocation of Article 370 on August 5. All its political leaders as well as separatist leaders are under house arrest

A security personnel stands guard along a road during restrictions and shutdown in Srinagar. Pic/PTI
A security personnel stands guard along a road during restrictions and shutdown in Srinagar. Pic/PTI

New Delhi: A group of Kashmiri Pandits have written to the government seeking its permission to visit Jammu and Kashmir and meet the political and religious leaders as well as civil society activists there to promote peace and amity in the Valley.

In the letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and the Jammu and Kashmir administration, Kashmiri Pandit Satish Mahaldar and his team said: "As a follow-up measure and in accordance with the wishes of our repected and beloved Prime Minister, a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits wants to go to Kashmir and meet various leaders, including religious leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and civil society activists."

According to the letter, "This would be the first positive step towards building a positive inter-community relationship to promote peace and development in the Valley." "It would also ensure stability and help remove the fear of violence or war between communities. A responsible and positive inter-community relationship will enhance a peaceful atmosphere," it added. The Valley has been under a security clampdown since the revocation of Article 370 on August 5. All its political leaders as well as separatist leaders are under house arrest.

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