Independent MLA Langate Engineer Rashid Friday lambasted government for arresting Masrat Alam and keeping in house arrest senior leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq terming the move as “repressive and without any vision”.
Rashid stated, “When the priority of government should have been to address political issues of burning nature and end suffocation of masses it is resorting to such steps which are increasing the suffocation of masses. Making policies on ground realities should have been priority but the government is drafting its road map according to fascist propaganda of media. Crushing and scuttling political aspirations has always come at a terrible cost and it won’t yield any positives in future as well.”
A party statement said that ‘claims’ of CM Mufti Sayeed and his colleagues that separatists must talk to the Government t of India for the resolution of Kashmir issue and union government is a “big farce and arrest spree proves it”.
Condemning the Indian media for “playing a fascist” role, Rashid said, “Indian media is simply fuss creator as it is resorting to false reporting and unfortunately flowing an ultra-national policy and is indulging in hateful, lopsided and venomous reporting and tampering with basic ground realities. Indian media has stooped so low that is frequently violating all the basic rules and regulation and bringing bad name to respected profession of Journalism and by adopting all these tactics Indian media has thus become itself the biggest threat to Sovereignty of India.”