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JAMMU: Old age Displaced Persons from erstwhile parts of Jammu and Kashmir which is now known as Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) viz. Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Bhimber and Kotli today held a joint press conference at Jammu Press Club, Jammu. Prof. N. N. Sharma, Prof. J. S. Mangal, V. K. Datta, Parveen Kumar Bali, Gurmeet Singh Isher, Col. O. P. Bakshi, Sham Lal Sharma, Amarjeet Singh, Daulat Ram Raina, Ved Raj Bali, Parmod Ghai, Jagdish Singh Bhatti, Bhai Ram Singh, Harbans Lal Sabharwal, Vijay Bali and Rashpal Singh Bhatti categorically said that under a well-knitted conspiracy, a plot is being created to spoil the case of PoK DPs as some handful Kashmiri migrants in a form of delegation recently approached Government for the reopening of Sharda Peeth (Temple) in Muzaffarabad and the same was immediately recommended by the BJP central Minister to Home Ministry for consideration.

While addressing the press conference, they said that there are various religious places in PoK include Nageshwer Maha Dev located in the village Graha, where there was a holy spring and every year we used to organize a Besakhi Mela at this place. Devi Gali and Plangi Devi were another important Hindu Shrines apart from the Dera of Sant Bhai Rocha Singh, a Sikh Shrine of Rawalakote, Chhati Patshahi at Niluchi in Muzaffarabad, Gurudwara Ali Begh in Bhimber, Khoiratta in Kotli, Mangla Temple in Mirpur and Sharda Temple in Muzaffarabad and we have demanding to visit these religious places for the last 7 decades.

“We have made our demands before various successive Governments but none of the Government took trouble to act upon our demands. PoK DPs had knocked the door of every political party but all the parties keep deaf ear to it. As it a known fact that Sharda Peeth does not belong to only one community as the goddess is worshipped by all the Hindus of Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country. PoK DPs once were the inhabitants of PoK and if any religious place is situated there, then, the inhabitants of that specific region have their right over it. It is known fact that PoK DPs used to live in Muzaffarabad then how a specific community claiming their copyright over this specific temple which is known as Sharda Peeth. Kashmiri Pandits have nothing to do with Sharda Peeth as this issue is being erupted deliberately to derail the cause of PoK DPs”, they said.

They further said that in the year 1994, Parliament of India has passed a resolution that reads that The State of Jammu & Kashmir has been, is and shall be an integral part of India and any attempts to separate it from the rest of the country will be resisted by all necessary means; Pakistan must vacate the areas of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, which they have occupied through aggression; and the people who were forcefully thrown from these places will be rehabilitated there. “But it has been more than 7 decades and we have been waiting when PoK will be taken back. Our properties are still lying there and we have been living in inhumane conditions in filthy camps for the last 70 years and haven’t got compensation from Government like Kashmiri Pandits who are getting monthly cash compensation of Rs 10000, free ration, free accommodation, reservation in Government jobs, reservation in technical and professional colleges across the country and many more. Why is Government adopting the discriminatory approach between KPs from Valley and DPs from PoK?” they asked.

“Kashmiri Pandits have nothing to do with Sharda Peeth as the all the developments have taken place overnight under a well planned manner because they have not raised their voice before their migration for the same. Those people who are advocating equality in the form that KPs and displaced persons pay their obeisance at Sharda Peeth become disappear when it comes to given equal treatment to PoK DPs as per Kashmiri Pandits. It is very hard to digest that why have these KPs suddenly awaken from their deep slumber after the gap of 70 years?”, they asked.

“We warn BJP led Government not to make any attempt to distort our historical heritage. If anyone tries to make such attempt, we will not tolerate it. We will fight against foul designs with tooth and nail and we will fight against it till our last drop of blood. Don’t give us anything but we will not allow anyone to tamper our culture as in the period of exile, PoK DPs have lost their various identities including their language, folk lore, lifestyle, habits, hobbies and diet, and any such practice to make more harm to our historical heritage won’t be permitted.

BJP whose core slogan “Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan and Ek Pradhan” has crushed one of the ingredient its own slogan of “Ek Vidhan” (equality) by adopting discriminatory approach while dealing between communities as it gives preferential treatment to Kashmiri Pandits while PoK DPs are given step-motherly conduct. This is the same party who is deliberately creating such conspiracy so that justice can be denied to PoK DPs who have been facing the brunt since 1947. It is very shameful on the part of BJP led Government to bow against particular community who don’t even play any role in democratic setup by refraining themselves from casting their votes and on the other hand, PoK DPs who have supported BJP wholeheartedly by casting their valuable votes are given such a vicious treatment. BJP is in the pursuit by not leaving any stone unturned to deny us from our rights and now it has crossed all limits by distorting our historical heritage”, they added.