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Awami Ittehad Party chief and MLA Langate, Er Rasheed Monday reiterated that J&K is not India’s integral part and the only way to resolve the dispute is holding a free and fare plebiscite on both sides of LOC, a statement issued by the party here reads.

Rasheed said this during his one and a half hour meeting with former union foreign minister Yashwant Sinha led delegation.

Er. Rasheed, the statement said, told the delegation that Kashmiris have no confusion in their minds for what they want and stressed the need that India should understand that using force, pellets and killing innocents is not a solution to the problem.

He emphasized the need to talk to militant leadership. “The Kashmir movement is indigenous and labeling everybody who speaks for truth as Pakistani agent is unacceptable and unfair.”

Rejecting the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy, Rasheed according to the statement told the delegation that the policy has no takers.

Er Rasheed said, “Kashmiris don’t seek a solution on communal lines but right to self-determination will provide every citizen of the disputed territory to express his will and choice.”

Since PM Modi, Rasheed said, has claimed that people of Gilgit, Baltistan and PaK want to be part of India, Modi owes an answer to his countrymen as to how will he fulfill the wishes of the people of PaK and Gilgit Baltistan.

“There seems to be no better way than holding a referendum in the light of UN resolutions to prove claims of all stake holders,” Rasheed said, “Whatsoever is happening in J&K or whatsoever Kashmiris are seeking has nothing to do with who rules the state.”

He also rejected the version that only Kashmiris are seeking Right to Self-determination and added that despite being worst victims of “state terrorism” and under constant threat of radical forces majority in Jammu province has stood strongly with Kashmiris.

Er Rasheed told the deputation that Kashmiris feel humiliated when Indian think tanks, deputations and individuals come here and ask them what they want. “The attempt seems to be a deliberate one to create confusions. All those who come to Kashmir should answer that if they have a moral right to come Kashmir for the reason that Indian’s have approached  Kashmiris every time when they took to streets or violence but do forget once things return to so called normalcy.”


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