DALLAS (US): Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF), a political advocacy group of Kashmiri pandits in the US, expressed shock and anguish over the targeted assassinations of unarmed Hindus and Sikhs in the Kashmir valley.
In a press release, the IAKF said well-known pharmacist Makhan Lal Bindroo, Hindu teacher Deepak Chand, Sikh school principal Supinder Kaur and Hindu street food vendor Virender Paswan were all killed by terrorists only because they belonged to the minority community.
“These cold-blooded terror attacks bring back painful memories of the 1990s, when the targeted killings and torture of Kashmiri Hindu Pandits led to the exodus of over 400,000,” said Dr. Vijay Sazawal, IAKF International Coordinator.
“Kashmiri Pandits are the aboriginal people of the Kashmir Valley,” said Lalit Koul, IAKF Social Media Director.
“If their security and right to live in their homeland cannot be guaranteed, then the government has failed us,” he added. READ: ‘Geelani Force’ – Little-Known Terror Outfit Claims Responsibility For Killing 2 Teachers In Srinagar
Rahul Pandit, IAKF Communications Director, said the government needs to dismantle the local support that is being provided to these terrorists in the valley.
“The brazen killings will continue if terrorists do not fear getting caught. As a cousin of Deepak Chand noted, ‘there is a system and network of locals who are enabling these targeted killings of the minority community.’ That network needs to be dismantled and the government needs to provide protection to those that are targeted,” said Rahul Pandit, IAKF Communications Director.
IAKF appealed to the US government to consider opening a special desk in the US Embassy in New Delhi to facilitate the registration of religious minorities Hindus, Sikhs and Christians from the Kashmir Valley as refugees who are fleeing persecution.
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