The Kashmiri Pandits claim to have recently received a letter from Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HUJI), a miliant group active in Kashmir, asking them to beg for pardon and to accept the terms and conditions of the militant groups if they wish to return to Kashmir. A scanned copy of the letter can be found on this blog.
It is obvious that the letter is a fake, created by the Pandits to cash on the present wave of anger directed towards the Muslims. The other reason for the propagation of the ‘alleged threat’ could be the declining sympathy people in India and elsewhere have for the Kashmiri Pandits.
Kashmiri Pandits constituted a small percentage of the Kashmiri population (less than 5%). In the early 1990’s they left the valley as a part of an exodus planned and executed by Jagmoham, the then Governor of Kashmir.
The letter is:
The militants in Kashmir are increasingly using the available technology (satellite and cell phones, fax, telephones etc) to communicate and convey their statements. However, in this case they have, strangely enough, made an exception and used the good old method of writing a letter, and have done a bad job at that as well! The Kashmiri Pandits seemed to have been least bothered about following the normal procedure of handing over the letter and giving details about the recipient of the letter to the authorities (which could have helped trap the militants or even bust their cell in Kashmir), instead they went ahead, started scanning and spreading it all over the Internet.
The header of the letter is:
After reading 786, one is usually inclined to think ‘Muslim.’ 786 is commonly substituted for “In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful” but it’s use is controversial and is not accepted by some at all. It is also a casual reference and an Islamic militant group would never use ‘786’ instead of the actual words. The Kalimah is completely missing from the letter!
Would an organisation spell its name wrongly? Highly unlikely, but HUJI seems to have done so in this case. Instead of Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami, they have used Harkut-ul-Jehad Islami!
While writing an English letter, one usually leaves a margin on the left side, but that is not usually the case with Urdu. Given the terrible (language style, grammer etc) Urdu used in this letter, one wonders why they would care for a margin on the right side! The only probable reason is that the writer did not know proper Urdu and thought that a margin is necessary as it is in English. Even though these people had access to a computer and a printer, they preferred to write it instead of printing it! Typing Urdu is tough, requires additional software and a person who can write Urdu can not necessarily type it.
The letter ends with the name of the spokesperson but the signature is missing!
This letter has been widely circulated but the Kashmiri Pandits seem to have forgotten the recent press release of the Hizbul Mujahideen. Maybe that is because it does not serve their cause.