STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Various organisations on Thursday observed World Refugee Day here. The World Refugee Day is observed every year to commemorate the trials and tribulations faced by the people who were forced by the circumstances to become refugees. The day acknowledges the sacrifices of all those who were forced to become refugees either due to wars, civil war, internal strife, persecution, ethnic cleansing or exodus. Panun Kashmir commemorated World Refugee Day in a meeting held here today. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Virender Raina, President of Panun Kashmir. Virender Raina while speaking on the occasion said that Kashmiri Pandits are a unique case where a community was forced to become refugees in their own country. He said that the Modi government enkindles great hope in the community that the terrorism in Kashmir would be wiped off lock, stock and barrel and the natives of Kashmir would again be able to settle in their Homeland of thousands of years. Upinder Kaul General Secretary said that Kashmiri Pandits as the indigenous people of Kashmir have the first and the foremost right on the territory of Kashmir and the day is not far when our aspirations would be realised in full measure. The meeting was attended by Kamal Bagati General Secretary, Upinder Kaul General Secretary (Org.), Ashok Chrungoo Treasurer, Vimla Chrungoo, Vijay Saproo Deputy Secretary DOPK, Sameer Bhat Convenor PK Youth, P.N Pandita and G.L Drabu. On the World Refugee Day, Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) condemned UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for ignoring the grave human rights violations committed over victim KP community by terrorists, separatists, fundamentalists of Kashmir valley as well as by the successive Governments of the State and Center in the last thirty years. Kundan Kashmiri, President KPC demanded that facts about grave human rights violation and massacre of Kashmiri Pandits should be brought before the world and responsible countries, governments, parties and persons to punished and penalized for the same. The memorandum of protest has been sent to the office of UNHRC and NHRC at New Delhi highlighting that KPs are being forced to live the life of refugees for the last 30 years in their own country as well as highlighting the facts about Kashmir and atrocities committed with victim KP community. All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) out rightly rejected the biased and one sided reports by UNHRC and NHRC as both these bodies have deliberately ignored the atrocities and human rights violations committed over the miniscule Kashmiri Pandit community by separatist pan Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists in Kashmir, for the last more than three decades. This was stated by President ASKPC Advocate Ravinder Raina, in a meeting of the functionaries of ASKPC held today to commemorate the World Refugee Day. Dr T.K Bhat, General Secretary of ASKPC demanded that that these commissions, whether UNHRC or NHRC, should act as impartial bodies to highlight the human rights problem on humanitarian basis without any biased approach and self-interest. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Chairman of SOS International Rajiv Chuni reminded the BJP-led NDA Government about its promise of constituting a National Refugee High Commission on the analogy of National Human Rights Commission so that Displaced Persons in India may get their rights. Chuni recalled that during the UPA Government, then BJP MP and present Defence Minister Rajnath Singh after his visit to the camps of PoJK DPs here, had promised formation of a National Refugee High Commission on the analogy of National Human Rights Commission for addressing the issues and grievances of Displaced Persons, if his party came to power at centre. Chuni hoped that Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is arriving here next week, will make a formal announcement on formation of a National Refugee High Commission to settle the issues of the Displaced Community as early as possible that this community may also get their due rights of living with dignity and basic necessities of life.
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