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‘Migration of Kashmiri Pandits created a vacuum'

Jammu: Describing Kashmiri Pandits as an integral part of Kashmiri ethos, State Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar on Sunday said the community's large-scale migration from the State has created a vacuum in the society.

The State Rural Development Minister was speaking at a function here.

Referring to the concept of Kashmiriyat, Sagar said that despite vested efforts to create a chasm between the two communities (Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims), they still share a strong bond, common ethos and culture.

“The time is not far when they (Kashmiri Pandits) would return and again start living in the same old tradition of mutual brotherhood and peaceful co-existence,” he said.

Referring to the role of late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in ensuring peace in the State, Sagar said the idea of mutual co-existence and peaceful living was advocated by the late leader several decades ago.

“The role of the leader was acknowledged by political stalwarts of that time when they maintained that they saw a ray of hope emanating from the Kashmir Valley,” Sagar said.

The government would also extend help to organisations working for the upliftment and enrichment of the rich Kashmiri culture, he said. - PTI

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