No Kashmiri Pandit migrated since Art-370 abrogation: Govt tells parliament

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No Kashmiri Pandit has migrated from Jammu and Kashmir since abrogation of Article 370 on 5 August 2019, the Union government informed parliament on Wednesday.

Sharing data on militant attacks in the Kashmir Valley, the ministry of home affairs said, “From August 5, 2019 till July 9 this year, 128 security force personnel and 118 civilians have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Of the 118 civilians killed, five were Kashmiri Pandits and 16 belonged to other Hindu and Sikh communities, minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai said in Rajya Sabha.

Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), 5,502 Kashmiri Pandits have been provided jobs in different departments of the J-K government in the Valley, he said. “Further, as per the records, no Kashmiri Pandit has reportedly migrated from the valley during the said period,” Rai said in a written reply to a question raised by Congress MP Digvijaya Singh.

Responding to a question by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on the attacks in Kashmir, Rai said: “There has been substantial decline in terrorist attacks from 417 in 2018 to 229 in 2021.”

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