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Langate lawmaker Engineer Rasheed Wednesday in the lower house of the assembly asked the lawmakers to clear their position on whether they consider popular militant commander Burhan Wani a “terrorist” or not.

A woman walks pass by a graffiti somewhere in Srinagar: KL File Image

He asked the lawmakers to raise their hands if they believe Burhan Wani was a terrorist and to everyone’s surprise, no hands went up, not even BJP lawmakers reacted.

After the referendum like scenes, Rashid went ahead with his comments about Burhan and explained how he is a “darling of people of Kashmir”.

Talking to Kashmir Life outside the assembly Rasheed said, “Burhan is a leader for whom state activated its machinery by deploying 21000 additional forces and banned internet to thwart rallies in his honour. “It bears testimony to the fact that he is the icon of people of Kashmir.”

Rasheed said that a person whose funeral is attended by over five lakh (half a million) people is undisputedly the leader of Kashmir.

On the issue of passing of GST bill, Rasheed trained guns at both National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party for their role in dragging Kashmir into the situation that Kashmir is in. “Mufti Khandaan aur Sheikh Khandaan hamaray halaat key zimmadaar hain,” he said.

He said that leader of the opposition Omar Abdullah criticised GST bill only on twitter.

“Despite being present in the house, Omar never uttered a word against the bill and on twitter he keeps criticizing”.

“It seems the National Conference was never interested in the issue and instead showed complacency and paved way for PDP-BJP government to enforce GST on people of Kashmir.”

Rasheed questioned CM Mehbooba Mufti’s silence on the bill.

“Why didn’t you speak on GST row if you consider this house sacred. It seems that holding assembly sessions on GST was just an act of theatrics, Government had already decided much before this drama to enforce GST on people.”


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