Pandit family returns home in Lolab

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, a migrant Pandit family visited their ancestral house at Lolab in Kupwara district and condemned the Indian agencies for hatching conspiracies to create communal disharmony in the territory.
Jagger Nath Raina (80) putting up at Jagti Migrant Camp in Nagrota area of Jammu region since 1990’s has finally taken a stride forward to return to his home after a gap of almost twenty-six years. The family is one among the many who aspire to revisit and revive their bond with the Muslim brethren in the Kashmir Valley.
Jagger Nath Raina in an interview said that some agencies were hatching conspiracies to create communal disharmony between the Muslim and Pandit communities.
A team of local administration including Naib Tehsildar, Halqa Patwari, Local Auqaf Committee and other officials from the area accompanied the family to their ancestral house in Darpora area of Lolab.
Buoyed by the response from the people, Jagger Nath Raina said that his family had been getting more love and affection from the people of their home. He urged the other Pandits to take a cue from his return. “Let this be the beginning of a new era,” he added.
“I appeal my Pandit brethren to return the homeland and revive our age-old bonds with our Muslim brethren,” he said, adding, “We in no way support the government on such an initiative that aims to harm the communal harmony.” Raina said, “Our choice is to live here as common Kashmiris.”
Raina’s son moved by mutual respect and love between his father and other people when they reached the Darpora village said, “I saw a man probably of the age of my father breaking into tears after reviving the memories with my father. The scene was something I can’t describe in words.”—KMS

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