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    Gupkar alliance urges Kashmiri Pandit employees not to leave

    May16/ 2022

    Srinagar: The Gupkar alliance of major Jammu-Kashmir parties on Sunday urged Kashmiri pandit employees not to leave the valley as it was their home and it would be 'painful for all', after the community demanded their relocation following the killing of a member by terrorists. The appeal by the Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) came after a delegation led by its president Farooq Abdullah met Jammu and Kashmiri Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar. The meeting was over the issue of security of Kashmiri Pandit employees in the aftermath of the killing of Rahul Bhat that has sparked protests by community members. Briefing reporters after the meeting, the spokesperson of the five-party alliance, M Y Tarigami, said the valley is as much the home of Kashmiri Pandits as it is of Kashmiri Muslims. "We appeal to them that this nation is yours as well as mine. Do not leave your home. It is very painful for you and us," Tarigami said. The alliance spokesperson said if Kashmiri pandits want to leave Kashmir in the wake of Bhat's killing, then what about the families of slain Kashmiri Muslims. "If Rahul was killed, Riyaz (a policeman) was also killed. Where will Riyaz's family and relatives go? You (Kashmiri pandits) do not have to leave your home. This is your home, this is my home. We will bear this tragedy together and try to safeguard each other," he said. The Communist Party of India-Marxist leader said the alliance raised the issue of the transfer of the employees to safer places. However, there is no possibility of their transfer outside Kashmir, he said. "We told them (a delegation of KP employees which the PAGD leaders met on Saturday) that we cannot afford to let them leave. The LG also agreed ...

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