PM Modi interacts with Kashmiri Pandits and Sikh communities in US

PTI

A 50-member delegation of Sikhs from across the US also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in US (Twitter image)

A 50-member delegation of Sikhs from across the US also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in US (Twitter image)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a special interaction with a 17-member delegation of Kashmiri Pandits here and assured them of building a new Kashmir which would be for everyone.

The delegation, which included Kashmiri Pandits from across the US, met Prime Minister Modi on his arrival in Houston as part as part of his week-long visit to the US.

The Indian government on August 5 revoked the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories.

PM Modi also thanked the community for their patience for over 30 years.

Earlier, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the Kashmiri Pandits expressed support for the steps taken by the Indian government for the progress of India.

The delegation thanked the Prime Minister for the move and said that their 700,000 community members were indebted to his government.

The delegation also presented a memorandum to Modi, requesting him to set up a task force under the Indian Home Ministry to bring the community together, develop the region and repatriate Kashmiri Pandits.

The Prime Minister also met a delegation of the Dawoodi Bohra community. The members facilitated him with a shawl.

The delegation members recalled PM Modi’s visit to Indore last year to attend a programme of their community and also highlighted his association with Syedna Sahib.

A 50-member delegation of Sikhs from across the US also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and thanked him for removing the names of over 300 community members from blacklist.

The Indian government last week removed from its blacklist names of 312 Sikh foreign nationals involved in anti-India activities after a review carried out by different security agencies on the Adverse List or blacklist.

The community members met PM Modi on Saturday in Houston and presented him with a traditional Siropa (long scarf).

They thanked him for removing from the blacklist names of Sikh Americans.

MEA Spokesperson in a tweet said that the community members congratulated Modi on some of the path-breaking decisions taken by the Indian government.

The delegation also urged PM Modi to change the name of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi to Guru Nanak Dev International airport to mark the 550th birth anniversary Guru Nanak Dev ji.

The community members also applauded PM Modi for taking steps to address their concerns and fulfilling promises he made to them in their previous meetings.

(PTI)