Kashmiri pandit accorded warm welcome by his Muslim neighbours upon his return after 32 years

By Adil Abdulla

Bandipora April, 16, : A 50 year Kashmiri Pandit man on Tuesday visited his native village in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district after a span of 32 years to meet his Muslim neighbours.

Ashok Kumar who lived in Sumbal village of Bandipora district had left Kashmir in early nineties along with his family at the onset of militancy in Kashmir.

While talking to this correspondent he said that “One can’t stay away from his native land forever and the love for my native land has forced me to visit Kashmir. Most importantly, I have come to see my Muslim friends with whom I have spent the unforgettable moments of my childhood”, he said.

He presently lives in Jammu, Kumar said that his joy knew no bounds when he reached his native village and met his friends.

“On reaching here, I came to know that some of my close friends have left for heavenly abode. I am lucky enough to meet my close friends and neighbours here again,” he said.

Ashok said that he wants to settle again in Kashmir and live with his Muslim friends.