13th February, 2020
A group of Kashmiri Pandits in the US has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks in Parliament. In which he said that the identity of Kashmir was buried when the community started migrating in 1990, saying that this recognition is a step towards their rehabilitation and justice.
Global Kashmiri Pandit Pravasi welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his historic statement, where he spoke about the pain of Kashmiri Pandits who had to leave the valley due to extremism. Responding to a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address to the Lok Sabha on 6 February, Modi called Jammu and Kashmir the crown jewel of India and said that the identity of Kashmir was buried on the dark night of 19 January 1990. The migrant group said that 19 January is marked as 'migration day' by Kashmiri Pandits worldwide, when the entire population of the community was forced to migrate overnight.
The group said in a statement that the recognition of Exodus Day in the Indian Parliament is seen by the community as a step towards the restoration of justice and rehabilitation that has been the demand of the community for three decades. Modi also said that no one can support the statements of the three detained Chief Ministers of the then state of Jammu and Kashmir who said that repealing the provisions of Article 370 would separate Kashmir from India. The Prime Minister said that statements made by former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah on the violation of the provisions of Section 370 are not acceptable.