Assassination of Kashmiri Pandit minority leader demands stern action by J&K Government: IAKF

Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) has strongly condemned the ruthless killing of young Kashmiri Pandit peace advocate, Ajay Pandita (Bharti), by terrorists in Kashmir belonging to the Islamic terrorist group, The Resistance Front (TRF).

IAKF said that it prays for Mr. Pandita’s grieving family, including his parents, wife, and two daughters.

Mr. Pandita was a popular grassroot community organizer, and an elected leader of a local village administrative committee from the Anantnag region in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, Bharat. His belief in democracy, and his attempts to represent all Kashmiris at the local village level, was sadly cut short by the barbaric act of Islamic terrorists, whose only belief continues to be the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate.

The targeted killing of Mr. Pandita proves that the ethnic cleansing of the minority Kashmiri Hindu community in the valley continues unabated. His gruesome, public murder is a reminder of the havoc brought upon the entire aboriginal Kashmiri Hindu community, who have been driven from their homeland in the Kashmir valley through repeated pogroms over the past few centuries, most recently beginning in 1990.

IAKF denounced the local government’s lackadaisical approach to the security needs of Mr. Pandita, as well as other lower-tier public officials. IAKF demanded that Kashmiri Hindus still residing in the valley – who are obvious targets of Islamic terrorists – be given extra police protection until peace in the valley is restored.

IAKF also condemned the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and its supporters within the Kashmir valley, for promoting, funding, aiding and harboring global Islamic terror organizations such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), and The Resistance Front (TRF). The Resistance Front (TRF), which has taken responsibility for Mr. Pandita’s brutal murder, is merely a new, consolidated name for Islamic terrorists from the three groups already active in Kashmir – HM, LeT and JeM.

The United Nations and its Security Council must now declare Pakistan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and world leaders must support an organized anti-terrorist campaign against the government and military establishment of Pakistan, IAKF demanded.

Mr. Pandita made the ultimate sacrifice for establishing peace and democracy in Kashmir, and his family deserves swift justice. IAKF asked Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir to immediately institute an official inquiry into this vicious killing, identify the responsible parties, and punish the guilty parties. IAKF also demanded that all killings of Kashmiri Hindus be investigated, and actions taken to ensure the long term safety of the Kashmiri Hindu religious minority.

(Based on a statement released by Indo-American Kashmir Forum)

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