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Muslim Separatists say They Will not Allow Hindus to Return

  • VOA News

Several separatist militant groups in Indian Kashmir say they would not allow minority Hindus who fled the region at the start of a bloody insurgency 16 years ago to return.

Earlier this month Kashmir's moderate separatist leaders said they were making plans to help thousands of Kashmiri Hindus, known as "pandits", to return in view of the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan.

Authorities say more than 200,000 pandits fled Kashmir in 1989 due to a rise in the killings of Hindus and attacks on their homes by Muslim militants at the start of the rebellion. They have been living in makeshift refugee camps within their own country.

A statement issued by four of the militant groups says the Hindus deserted the majority community during the time of crisis and will not be allowed to return unless they apologize.
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