Controversial National Conference leader Sheikh Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said that the armed forces were responsible for the killing of minorities in Jammu and Kashmir at the advent of the anti-India insurgency in the late 1980s.
Kamal, who is the son of National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, told a gathering in Kulgam district that “the killings of Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs were done by the men in uniform just to shift the blame on Kashmiri Muslims.”
In 1989, series of attacks on Hindus in Kashmir took place shortly after the inception of the Muslim-dominated insurgency which eventually forced Kashmiri Pandits out of the valley. The Pandits blame the militants for the migration but the Indian government of India has never launched a probe.
Kamal said that the “killings were aimed at sow the seeds of discord in the harmony of Kashmiri society”.
Kashmir Muslims believe that Pandits were moved out under a well-planned conspiracy to kill them as the insurgency raged in the disputed Himalayan region.