Rejecting Governor Satya pal Malik’s “allegation” that political parties are dividing J&K into communal lines over the circular issued by his administration making it compulsory for state government employees to attend republic day celebrations, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the facts are totally opposite to what Governor has claimed.
In a statement issued today, the spokesman quoting Rasheed said that Governor has spoken half-truth, as he is absolutely right in revealing that the circular making government are employees bound to participate in republic day functions, is being issued every year from 2008 and as such the hue and cry being made by NC and PDP carries no meaning, but Malik needs to be reminded that this argument does not justify the validity of “colonial dictate” issued by him or his predecessors including Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
The spokesman added that Kashmiris must truly understand and expose the hypocrisy of both Mehbooba Mufti and Omer Abdullah and both of them should not make fool themselves by talking about the ‘colonial traditions’ they have introduced to make state-sponsored functions a success.
“The authorities every year forces the government employees to participate in these events. Governor should not forget that he has already bulldozed democracy in the state and it looks like a joke to celebrate the republic day in a state where there is complete lawlessness and the fundamental rights of people of J&K are officially suspended, the spokesman quoted Rasheed as saying
The spokesman added “If Delhi had faith in its constitution it would not have disrespected state’s special status and never dragged Article 35-A and Article 370 to Supreme Court. While in rest of the country people eagerly wait for republic day and Independence Day functions but in J&K the huge chunk of masses show no interest in such events.”