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Photo exhibition highlights trauma of Kashmiri Pandits

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 6 (UNI) Bullet-riddled bodies of infants, centuries-old desecrated temples, headless Hindu Gods and Goddesses and animal bones in destroyed sanctum sanctorums.

These are some vivid images of the ''trauma and tragedy'' of the past 16 years of militancy and ''ethnic cleansing'' in Kashmir valley.

All these form part of a photo exhibition inaugurated today by NDA Convenor and former Defence Minister George Fernandes. Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Jagmohan was also present.

Mr Fernandes told reporters after inaugurating the photo exhibition that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should invite Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to see these photographs.

''The Pakistan President is called for watching cricket matches. I suggest that the Prime Minister should invite him to see such things. He (Pakistan President) should come and see all this and say what he has to say,'' Mr Fernandes added.

Mr Fernandes said if the government talks to the Hurriyat and other sections of the Kashmiri society, Kashmiri Pandits should also be involved in the peace process.

The exhibition, organised by Panun Kashmir, an organisation of Kashmiri Pandits migrants, will be on till May 10.

''The photos speak of the trauma and tragedy Kashmiri Pandits have gone through and the ethnic cleansing they have been subjected to,'' Dr Ajay Chrangoo, Panun Kashmir Convenor said.


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