JNU Row: Er Rasheed Holds Solidarity March, Condemns Pulwama Killings




MLA Langate during protest march in Srinagar. (Photos: Bilal Bahadur)
MLA Langate during protest march in Srinagar. (Photos: Bilal Bahadur)

Awami Ittehad Party Wednesday held a protest march in solidarity with the detained JNU leaders and Pulwama killings in Srinagar.

A party statement issued here claimed that hundreds of party workers from every nook and corner of Kashmir, civil society members, activists, lawyers, trade union activists and students participated in the march from Jawahar Nagar and raised slogans like “Brave Hearts JNU, We Are With You, We Are With You”, “Dunya Bhar Mein Shor Hay, Delhi Aadam Khor Hay”, “Jis Kashmir Ko Khon Se Seencha Wo Kashmir Hamara Hay”.

The protestors proceeded towards Lal-Chowk and were stopped by a large contingent of police near TRC Chowk including AIP president Er Rasheed and dozens of party activists. They were detained in various police stations of the city and released late in the afternoon.


Talking to the media persons before his arrest, Er Rasheed said that the people of J&K are thankful to all those “saner voices” especially the youth who are raising voice in favour of Kashmiris at JNU, Calcutta and other parts of India.

“Congress and BJP are trying to score the political points with regard to this uprising in the educated class of India but need to understand that the uprising is not for Congress or against BJP but the Indian youth has started feeling pain of Kashmiris. The sedition charges on SAR Geelani are unacceptable and illogical and just an attempt to please a very small section of rightwing forces and a section of biased media,” Er Rasheed said.


He said that GoI has not been able to curb the voice of Kashmiris despite using all “shameless” measures and sooner or later it will have to resolve Kashmir issue. “The protests being carried out in prestigious universities are being attended by students and scholars of all most of all states without caring for caste, creed and religion. As such New Delhi has lost the argument of blaming Pakistan in interfering into internal affairs of India.”

He said that despite the fact that “national media” has always been biased and harsh towards Kashmiris, every Kashmiri deems it his duty to condemn the assault by ultra-nationalist lawyers on senior journalists in Delhi. “World community should know if these so called protectors of law, can mishandle and abuse those who have similar views as of them about Kashmir, what would they do with those who differ with them in their ideology and views.”


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