Boycotted by Budhists, Muslims in Zanskar suffer immensely

Srinagar, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the social boycott of Muslims by the Budhist community in Zanskar area of Kargil for past nearly five years has severely affected the economy of the Muslim community. A group of members of Muslim community from historical Padum town told media that members of majority (Budhist) community don’t buy anything from their shops. “They don’t interact with us and further they evicted us from the shops which we had taken from them on rental basis. We have been living from hand to mouth as we don’t find any source of earning,” they said.

“Our lives and properties are at risk and we are feeling scared the way majority community has been given a free hand in the region by the district administration,” they added. Junior Engineer Abdul Aziz from the same town said that he was suspended from the Public Works Department after he led a protest against the atrocities committed by majority community and the callousness of the district administration.

“I was implicated in a false case. I can’t act as mute spectator and am doing everything to expose the duplicity and biased attitude of Kargil and Zanskar administration towards the Muslim community of Zanskar,” he added. A member of Muslim community said that from five years, not a single elected representative raised this grave issue on the floor of the so-called Kashmir Assembly. “We have been left with only option and that is migration to Kashmir Valley,” he said.

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