Farooq Abdullah after inaugurating an ice-cream parlour in Srinagar on June 27, 2020 in what was his first public appearance post him being released from detention (File photo: KM/Umar Ganie)

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Sunday demanded a probe by a retired judge of the Supreme Court into the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in early 1990s.

At a webinar, the National Conference President, as per news agency IANS, blamed the then Governor, Jagmohan for engineering the exodus of the local Pandit community by promising to bring them back within three months after restoring peace in Kashmir.

 

Abdullah claimed that the probe by an honest, retired Supreme Court judge would clear many misconceptions about it.

Citing many examples of local Muslims standing alongside their Pandit brothers to dispel the impression that the community had conspired to throw the Pandits out of the Valley, he said: “Kashmir is never going to be complete unless the Kashmiri Pandits come back and live in peace with us.

“My father (Sheikh Abdullah) never believed in the Two Nation theory. He never believed that Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists are different from each other. We believe that all of us are children of Adam and Eve,” he said.

Abdullah, however, said he could not support the idea of a separate homeland for Kashmiri Pandits without going into the details of the proposal floated by Kashmiri Pandit organisation ‘Panun Kashmir’.

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