AIP’s 50-hour Long Sit-in Concludes




50-hour long sit-in held for seeking IIT, IIM and IIMC for Kashmir by Awami Itihad Party (AIP) concluded Wednesday noon in front of Civil Secretariat.

AIP’s president Er Rashid said his party will hold consultations with trade, transport, social and other religious organizations to come out with a joint strategy.

He said that 50-hour sit-in was a wake-up call for every Kashmiri to rise to the occasion and start a organised peaceful struggle for the rights of the Kashmiri people and said that response shown by people from every corner is encouraging. He thanked all those organizations and individuals who participated in the sit-in and offered their support to the noble cause.

Er Rashid asked Union government to agree to the genuine demand of establishing IIT, IIM and IIMC in Kashmir or be prepared to face a mass public movement and agitation from Karnah to Qazigund. “Basic and fundamental rights of Kashmiris cannot be denied only because Kashmiris genuinely fight for resolution of Kashmir dispute,” he said. “There is no harm in seeking better facilities and institutions for the State despite the fact that J&K is a disputed territory. Those arguing that seeking IIT, IIM and IIMC, and other benefits for Kashmiris are irrelevant issues unless Kashmir issue is resolved, have a very weak argument to defend, as one needs to remember that GoI is utilizing our all resources whatsoever and has full control over these resources.”

Rashid said if GoI doesn’t shun arrogant attitude towards Kashmiris, let every Kashmiri cutting across political and other affiliations prepare himself for a decisive mass movement to make Delhi understand what Kashmiris want.

Er Rashid said that before announcing further course of action over the issue we will hold consultation with civil society, student leaders, trade organizations, religious personalities and lawyers at district level so that a joint strategy is evolved.

He also strongly condemned the brutality of border security forces at Malangpora Pulwama where 23-year-old Bilal Ah Bhat was “martyred due to bullets of BSF” and rejected the so-called probe announced by the government.

“These government-sponsored and controlled probes have yielded nothing except giving exit to the killers to run away from justice,” he said. “The only way to bring normalcy is to resolve Kashmir issue through UN Resolutions.”

The participants carried out procession from Civil Secretariat to State Human Rights Commission and registered a case against accused BSF personnel.

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