New Delhi, Feb 25: Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus from the Valley reminds the world of the atrocities committed on Jews in the 20th century, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig has said.
“1990 will go down in the history of Kashmir, and perhaps the rest of India, as the one of their darkest days. It reminds us of the atrocities that were committed on Jews in the 20th century,” said Baig, addressing the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) 2019 Conclave, here on Monday.
The former deputy Chief Minister of J&K said Kashmiri Pandits were the original inhabitants of the Valley. They were made to feel insecure in the wake of a mass uprising of the state’s Muslims.
“The discontinuation of a civilisation, and a race that is distinct and that cannot be repeated, is the loss of history, the loss of mankind and particularly the loss of Kashmiri Muslims,” he said.
Talking about growing influence of Wahabism in the Valley, Baig acknowledged that the radical form of Islam is a threat to civil order in the contemporary world and sought cooperation of all major countries, including the United Nations, to wage a war against this extremism.