The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Party President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar, Dr Farooq Abdullah, on Saturday, said every attack on our Pandit brothers is an out and out attack on the very soul of Kashmir Farooq said this while interacting with a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits led by the party Minority Wing Vice President Amit Kaul.

The visiting delegations discussed several issues concerning Kashmiri Pandits, particularly those living in Kashmir, with the party President, the NC spokesman said.

The visiting delegations said that those KPs who took up government jobs as the first step toward rehabilitation were now struggling for timely payment of their wages, promotions and a decent quality of life.

They also stated that despite political rhetoric by the incumbent government, which they rued had done nothing to make them feel safe and secure across Kashmir.

They said the bravado created by the ruling dispensation had done nothing to provide them respite from cramped quarters and discriminatory service rules.

Interacting with the delegation members, Barood assured the delegation members that he would take up the issues with the Lt Governor and the Government of India.

On the return of KP to Kashmir, he said their stands clear as crystal Kashmiri pandits, for that matter, Sikhs and other minorities are part of our socio-cultural milieu. Therefore, every attack on our Pandit brothers is an out and out attack on the very soul of Kashmir.

I’m looking for times when Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits live side by side. However, the incumbent government is confined only to pump and show.

On the ground, no efforts are being made to create an enabling environment for their safe and permanent return.