On Sunday, the Kashmiri Pandit community from Australia held a rally in Melbourne in support of the historic decision of the Narendra Modi government to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, reports ANI.
The Kashmiri Pandit community joined by other members of the Indian-Australian community had organised a rally from Victorian state parliament to Federation Square. The Indian community carried tricolours and posters that read, “J&K is our motherland… India is our nation” and sang patriotic songs during the rally.
Melbourne, Australia: Australian citizens of Indian-origin gather to show support to revocation of Article 370. It was followed by a rally led by Kashmiri Pandits from Victorian state parliament to Federation Square pic.twitter.com/nHceQb2Y9U
— ANI (@ANI) September 15, 2019
The Kashmiri Pandits, who were subjected to genocide by the Islamic terrorists, shared their personal stories of how they were driven out of their ancestral homeland back in 1989-1990 by Pakistani backed terrorists.
“Back in 1990, one day my father-in-law came home and told us we have to leave within 15 minutes. Imagine leaving your whole life behind you and pack your belongings in a couple of suitcases within 15 minutes, never to return home. That was just the beginning of a long struggle ahead,” said a Kashmiri Pandit.
A similar rally was earlier held in Washington DC by Kashmiri Pandits from various parts of the United States, during which they had raised slogans in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the “bold and historic step”.
Recently, members of Kashmiri Pandits organisation in the United State of America – ‘Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora’ (GKDP) had organised a protest march outside the office of The Washington Post in the US capital city Washington DC. The protest was organised against the “unbearable series” of articles published in the newspaper following the scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir by the Narendra Modi government.
Angered by the pro-Pakistan propaganda peddled by its communally coloured reports after the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, members of Kashmiri Pandits on Saturday shot a letter to the Editor of Washington Post over their biased reportage on Kashmir.