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You have suffered a lot, together we have to build new Kashmir: PM Modi tells Kashmir Pandits in Houston

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets and interacts with a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits, in Houston. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 22, 2019, 09.35 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and interacted with a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits, in Houston.

One of the members of the Kashmiri Pandit group went on to kiss PM Modi’s hands to thank him on behalf of 7 lakh Kashmiri Pandits. 

The delegation thanked the prime minister for the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

PMO India tweeted, ''In Houston, a delegation of the Kashmiri Pandit community met the Prime Minister. They unequivocally supported the steps being taken for the progress of India and empowerment of every Indian.''

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Surinder Kaul who represents the Kashmiri Pandit community said, ''PM told us you've suffered a lot, together we've to build new Kashmir. Our youth presented him with the messages that the community have prepared for him. I presented a memorandum on behalf of the community. He gladly accepted that.''

''We thanked him on behalf of the 700,000 Kashmiri Pandits all over the globe for such a historic decision. We assured him that our community will work with the govt to fulfil your dream for a Kashmir which is peaceful, full of growth where people are all happy,'' Kaul further added.

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Through the memorandum, the Kashmiri Pandits requested PM Modi, ''That a task force or advisory council from our community be established under Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to bring together community leaders, subject matter experts and key stakeholders to help in the development of plan to repatriate Kashmiri Pandits to the region.''

It further added that, ''We look forward to working with Government of India and newly constituted Union Territories to bring inclusive and sustainable development for benefit of all. We  look forward to returning home in order to restore Kashmiri civilization’s core values of peace, pluralism, religious freedom.''

The prime minister also met with the members of Sikh and Bohra communities and with top energy sector CEOs at a Roundtable meeting on day one of his US visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport at Houston, Texas on Saturday on a week-long visit to the United States.

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One of the members of the Kashmiri Pandit group went on to kiss PM Modi’s hands to thank him on behalf of 7 lakh Kashmiri Pandits.