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Target killings of minorities reminiscent of 90s
No possibility of returning to Valley, say Kashmiri Pandits
Early Times Report

Jammu, Oct 22: Recent civilian killings in Kashmir have brought back the memories of nineties, when thousands of Kashmiri Pandits migrated to Jammu and other parts of the country. Sameer, a youngster, recalling what his parents narrate about 90s, said, “When my parents left Kashmir I was 4-year old. After the recent killings I have felt what my parents would have felt. They recall that at that point of time threats were evident and few selective killings like the recent ones had also taken place.”
He said, “In nineties my parents left Kashmir to save their lives. There is no possibility of going back amid threats as we don’t want to get killed. Had we to sacrifice our lives then we should not have left at the first place. We don’t want to become scapegoats.”
Many KPs believe that the recent target killings of members of minority communities is a message to them that they should not settle in the Valley. “We fear that horror of nineties has returned and the claims about the government resettling us back in the Valley are just confined to papers only,” said another migrant, Kashmiri Pandit.
It’s in place to mention here that thousands of non-locals have left Kashmir during the past few days after eleven persons, including five non-locals, were killed by the militants in the recent past.
The non-local labourers who are returning from Kashmir are narrating the fear and tension that’s prevailing in the Valley, and have vowed not to return.