Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said one more year had passed but no progress had been made in bringing back the displaced Kashmiri Pandits to the State.
“Another year passes with no further progress in bringing back the displaced Kashmiri Pandits. Words sound even more hollow,” he said in a tweet.
“Much was expected of the current government where all others were accused of paying only lip service but nothing changed.”
“All we can do is recommit ourselves to do what we can to keep the spirit of Kashmiriyat alive in the hope that Kashmir will be complete soon,” Abdullah said in a series of tweets.
The Kashmiri Pandits are a Brahmin community from the Kashmir Valley. As a consequence of the 1948 Muslim riots and the 1950 land reforms, 20 per cent of them left the valley and settled in different parts of India as well as abroad. By 1981 the Pandit population amounted to 5 per cent of the total in the valley.