Hindu Council UK and the Indo European Kashmiri Forum has sent a letter to ALL Members of Parliament to encourage them to sign the Early Day Motion below:
Please urge your own Constituent MP to sign this also to show support to our Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu brothers and sisters.
Dear Member of Parliament
On behalf of the Hindu Community in the UK, we would be very grateful if you would consider signing the EDM below and show your support to those Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus who have been forced out of their homeland and been living in exodus for over 25 years.
Early day motion 712
COMMEMORATION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISPLACEMENT OF KASHMIRI PANDITS FROM JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Date tabled: 20.01.2015
Primary sponsor: Blackman, Bob
Sponsors: Thomas, Gareth (Harrow West) Hancock, Mike Bottomley, Peter
That this House commemorates with deep sadness the 25th anniversary of the attack in January 1990 by cross-border Islamic militants on the population of Jammu and Kashmir; expresses its condolences to the families and friends of all those who were killed, raped and injured in this massacre and also condemns the desecration of the holiest sites in Jammu and Kashmir; further expresses its concern that the Kashmiris who fled to save life and limb have still not secured justice for the atrocities committed against them; deplores those sponsoring such cross-border terrorist attacks and demands they cease immediately; and notes that the international principle of the responsibility to protect obliges individual states and the international community to take effective measures to prevent the commission of genocide and crimes against humanity as seen against the Kashmiri Hindu community.
ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF KASHMIRI PANDITS/HINDUS:
Twenty five years ago on 19 January 1990, Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus were given 24 hours eviction notice by Islamic terrorists to leave, with threats to either convert, die or escape. People recall the horror of waking up to hear this command that put the fear of death into their hearts. In order to safeguard their lives they had no choice but to leave their homeland. Over half a million innocent people abandoned their homes and belongings and headed outside the Valley of Kashmir.
“Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus lost their most precious possession; – they lost their homeland, the place of their birth”
This day is recognized as the “Hindu Holocaust” – which was the beginning of the process of ethnic cleansing, in which Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus were massacred and hounded out of the Kashmir Valley. As a result, the rich cultural heritage of Kashmiri Pandits/ Hindus is in decline; Hindu places of worship in the Valley have been burnt down, vandalized and damaged.
Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus are among the original inhabitants of the Kashmir Valley, with a recorded history of over 5,000 years.
Over the millennia, the Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu community has been integral not only to the cultural and intellectual life of this region, but the administration and economic development as well.
Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus have become the targets and victims of one of the most successful, though little-known, campaigns of ethnic cleansing in the world. Similar programmes of a far lesser magnitude in other parts of the world have attracted international attention, censure and action in support of the victim communities……..but this is an insidious campaign that has passed virtually unnoticed, and on which the world remains silent.
With kind regards,
Mrs Krishna Bhan
Director of Hindu Council UK (HCUK) & President of the Indo European Kashmiri Forum (IEKF)
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