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BJP seeks apology from Arvind Kejriwal over ‘The Kashmir Files’ comment in assembly

Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina demanded an apology from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for “rubbing salt into the wounds” of terror victims including Kashmiri Pandits.

The demand comes amid a war of words between the AAP national convenor and BJP over ‘The Kashmir Files’ film which is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley in the 1990s.

Ravinder Raina, accompanied by former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta and BJP General Secretary & former MLC Adv. Vibodh Gupta he was addressing a Press conference at party headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu.

 “It is unfortunate that an elected chief minister and his legislators mocked the victims of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism (in Jammu and Kashmir). Kejriwal and other AAP MLAs rubbed salt into the wounds of Kashmiri Pandits by laughing at their plight and committed a grave sin,” Raina told reporters at the party headquarters here.

Referring to Kejriwal and other AAP MLAs laughing during his speech in the Assembly, he said, “The nation and the community will never forgive him. He should immediately seek an apology with folded hands from the nation and the community for his remarks and the body language.” Raina said Kashmiri Pandits are ambassadors of nationalism and were forced to leave their homes due to Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

“The whole country and the world understands the pain of Kashmiri Pandits and crores of Indians came forward in their support,” he said.

The BJP leader said Pakistan-sponsored terrorism killed innocent civilians, including nationalist Kashmiri Muslims, Sikhs, Dogras, Gujjars and other communities, over the last 30 years.

“They have murdered humanity everyday but leaders like Kejriwal never condemned Pakistan or its ISI backed terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen,” he said.

Accusing Kejriwal of speaking the language of Pakistan and its stooges, including terror groups, and Hurriyat Conference who are conspiring against the country, Raina said the majority of peple in Jammu and Kashmir are Indian by heart and have always supported the security agencies in their efforts to wipe out terrorism from the valley.

 “Our police, paramilitary forces and army personnel have sacrificed their lives to wipe out terrorism. The people of the valley are extending their full support to the security forces,” he said.

Asked about the action being taken against JKLF activist Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, who is accused of killing over 20 Kashmiri Pandits in early 1990s, Raina said he was acquitted by court due to lack of evidence.

“Many terrorists were arrested for their crimes against innocent civilians and the trial against them lasted for a long period but some terrorists got released due to lack of evidence. The then government, advocate general and public prosecutors did not present their cases properly,” he said.

He said barring a handful of people affiliated with the Hurriyat Conference and Jamaat, majority of Kashmiri Muslims are nationalists and they love their country like any other Indian citizen.

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