Yasin Malik Wants to Repair Hindu-Muslim Ties in Valley

March 24, 2008

Author: Mohua Chatterjee

Source: Times of India


Militancy in Kashmir, which started in 1989, took a toll on the Muslim-Hindu cohabitation in the Valley that formed the basis of Kashmiri culture.

Realising that the process of resolving the Kashmir issue will now have to include the Kashmiri Pandit community as part of the Valley's mainstream in India's only Muslim-dominated state, JKLF chief Yasin Malik has started an initiative to rebuild the bonds between the two communities that had frayed over the years of militancy.

Making a statement on his new stand, Malik, who had picked up the gun and targeted Pandits in the Valley when he jumped into the separatist movement in 1989, has travelled to Delhi with a day-long exhibition of photographic and video documentation of his 150-day tour of the Valley, which was not allowed to enter the Jammu sector beyond Doda by the state government.

His Safar-e-Azadi tour - essentially aimed at bringing back communal harmony in the state and spreading the message of a peaceful struggle for freedom from a war-torn life - attracted huge crowds in the state if the photographs and the documentary recording of the tour is to be believed.