‘Economic Package an Insult to Kashmiris,’ says Rashid

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Lawmaker representing Langate constituency, Er Rashid,  addressing his party workers in Handwara on Friday.
Lawmaker representing Langate constituency, Er Rashid, addressing his party workers in Handwara on Friday.

Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) chief and MLA Langate Er Rashid Friday appealed the intellectual class, civil society, lawyers and other organisations to wake up against the “injustices being done with Kashmiris in every matter”.

Addressing a meeting of party workers in Handwara, Rashid accused unionist political parties of “digging grave of Kashmiris interest by acting as collaborators and mouth pieces of New-Delhi”.

“Not only that a huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris are tactfully being rendered waste but the much hyped PM’s financial package has proved to be like stabbing from behind. The details provided by the Chief Minister about breakup of the package reveal not only establishing IIT and IIM in Jammu but also establishing of AIIMS in the Jammu region. Mufti and others owe an explanation that why should be Kashmir Province deprived from IIT and IIM,” Rashid told his party workers.

He added, “the government has offered a huge financial package to West Pakistani Refugees and Kashmiri Pandits who still call themselves as migrants despite the fact that they get jobs in Kashmir. New Delhi has to explain that if it can honour Kashmiri Pandits with all that what they want, why it couldn’t spend a penny on the rehabilitation of internally displaced Muslims in Valley, Doda and Poonch regions. It is ironic that those Kashmiri Pandits who call themselves as migrants do get jobs to serve in Kashmir thus proving that their migration drama was more to get perks, privileges and jobs rather to ensure their better security. The figures reveal that government has added salt to the injuries of flood victims. The package is just an eye wash and the projects and sectors were money is supposed to be spend in five years were to be taken in hand under normal discourse from time to time.”

He appealed for a “broad based consensus among Kashmiris for future course of action with reference to these extra important issues”.

The AIP statement said that Rashid proposed a peaceful, organised and collective public campaign to seek IIT and IIM for Kashmir and dignified rehabilitation of flood victims.

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