1990 letter by Pandits blames guv, Mufti

1990 letter by Pandits blames guv, Mufti

1990 letter by Pandits blames guv, Mufti
A copy of a letter believed to have been written in the early 1990s by Kashmiri Pandits, post-exodus, to their Muslim brethren has emerged in the restive Kashmir Valley. The letter addressed to the editor of a then leading Urdu daily and signed by a group of prominent Pandits accuses the then governor Jagmohan and others in the government of making scapegoats out of the community as part of a game plan to crush them.

The letter has gone viral on social media after a columnist with a Srinagar-based daily mentioned it in a recent article. While claiming to have got the document from a reliable source in the Pandit community, Makhdoomi has asked readers to obtain a copy from him.

The two-page letter, dated September 22, 1990, and duly signed by 23 Pandits, states: “There can be no dispute about the fact that the Kashmiri Pandit community was made a scapegoat by Jagmohan, some self-styled leaders of our community and other vested interests.”

“According to reliable and well-informed sources, the plan was to make Pandits migrate from the Valley so that the uprising against India could be painted as a communal flare-up and the massacre of Muslims could be termed as a fight against the communal forces and a measure for the restoration of law and order,” the letter states.

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