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AIKS reiterates demands in the light of current developments at National / International Level
Jammu, March 17 (Scoop News)-All India Kashmiri Samaj held an extra ordinary conclave of its prominent members from all over the country in New Delhi today. During the day-long deliberations the organisation carried out intense deliberations on the demands which have been projected to various agencies, both at the centre as also at the State level over the years.
AIKS re-inforced its commitment to the cause of the displaced community in its struggle, as its frontline organisation. The conclave re-iterated its demands that the Government must immediately constitute a Commission of Enquiry headed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India to probe into the circumstances and fix responsibility for ethnic cleansing of the entire Kashmiri Pandit religious minority community from the valley in early 1989-90.
It must recognize the exodus and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits as Genocide

Taking into consideration the violence let loose by Pakistan-sponsored, separatists-supported and religiously motivated terrorists in the valley, the only option available/acceptable for our rehabilitation in Kashmir is to create a concentrated settlement of all Kashmiri Pandits as one single unit. This city should be self-sufficient in terms of overall infrastructure, economic avenues, adequate land, decent accommodation, educational institutions, medical care, recreation centers, commercial infrastructures, etc.

Since political empowerment is an instrument of protecting and promoting the identity of a minority community within the body politic, a statutory provision to that effect should be institutionalized. AIKS demands adequate reservations for the community, both in the State Assembly, Parliament and in the local bodies.

To preserve the ethno-religious identity of this minuscule minority, we call upon the government, both Central and the State, to initiate necessary steps to grant ‘Minority Status’ to the displaced KP’s.

AIKS notes with concern that the members of KP community who had braved to stay on in the Valley have lived a miserable life under the fear of gun. Their social and economic retrieval is, therefore, integral to the restitution of the community in the entirety in Kashmir. Similarly, those of our community members who are staying in Kashmir in various camps, as part of PM Employment package, are living in very difficult conditions. Their terms and conditions of service are also draconian. AIKS demands that their living conditions be ameliorated and service conditions improved by deleting discriminatory clauses.


We call upon the government to take urgent steps to protect and preserve the age-old heritage of the community handed down in the shape of temples, Shrines and all religious institutions/symbols. The bill seeking to do that remained pending in the Legislative Assembly for various reasons and subsequently lapsed. The bill will have to be re-introduced whenever the assembly is re-constituted:
AIKS supports Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust (PNBMT) in its laudable efforts to have this bill passed in the Assembly despite many obstacles that the bill has encountered.


Our court case (Writ Petition (Civil) No. 534 of 2006) has come up for hearing at the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and subsequently at the J&K State High Court. AIKS through its dedicated & brilliant team of lawyers will continue to fight the case with renewed vigor and determination.
The conclave also discussed the recent developments at the national / international level, which have impacted the Kashmir issue with which the return of Kashmiri Pandits is deeply connected. All participants were one in denouncing the Pulwama attack and re-iterated its commitment to protect the Nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.





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