Noted theatre and film personality Anupam Kher said the Narendra Modi government should come up with country’s first Smart City in Kashmir for the Kashmiri Pandits who have been living a life of ‘refugees in their own country’ for the last 26 years.
Kher, spearheading the movement for return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, also blasted former Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah for his comment that “nobody is going to come with a begging bowl and say ‘come and stay with us’ , they have to make the move.”
“Today was the day mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits had started in 1989 and hence it would be an appropriate day for Farooq Abdullah to apologize to the nation for such insensitive and unfortunate comments,” Kher told Hindustan Times.
“We didn’t leave but were driven out of Kashmir — our ancestral home. We are not demanding anything but what we’ve been forcibly deprived of. The slaughter, rapes, butchery started in 1989 backed by Pakistani terrorists,” said Kher recalling cherished childhood memories.