Rasheed asks Parl Delegation to Pay Compensation to Those Forced into ‘Begaar’ by Army

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Er Sheikh Abdul Rasheed addressing media personnel (not in picture) in this KL file Image.
Er Sheikh Abdul Rasheed addressing media personnel (not in picture) in this KL file Image.

Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) Chief and MLA Langate Er Rasheed Thursday condemned slapping Public Safety Act (PSA) on an insane Muslim man in Jammu, while sparing another accused of the same crime “just because he belonged to other community”.

“The state government has practically adopted two set of rules,” he alleged.

Rasheed said that BJP was trying to fulfil the “ill-intentioned dreams of its ideologue Shyama Prasad Mookerjee but the party should know that Mookerjee has been already rejected and he is looked as an anti-state element”.

On the issue of slapping PSA on a “lunatic” youth in Jammu, he said, “ever since PDP managed back door entry of BPJ into state, Muslims particularly in Jammu are made to feel second class citizens.”

An AIP statement said that Rasheed had a heated argument with BJP members when the parties state Chief Sat Paul Sharma who paid tributes to party ideologue Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.

“Kashmir has already rejected Mookerjee and he is of no importance. The BJP ideologue have had ill-intentioned dreams about Jammu Kashmir which his party is still trying to fulfil but it should know that we will never allow those dreams to be fulfilled,” he said. “House cannot pay tributes to Mookerjee whom the state looks as an anti-state element.”

Meanwhile, during a meeting at SKICC with the committee of parliamentarians about the border areas Rasheed demanded compensation for the forced labour by army from the people, including himself, from 1990 to 2003, the AIP statement said.

He further demanded the opening of Nowgam-Nowkot road and while comparing the areas of PaK with Keran, Karnah and other areas near LoC, he told the delegation that the people of these areas are forced to live a life “worse than that of animals while on the other side of the fence people enjoy all the basic facilities”.

“The problems faced by the border areas should be immediately addressed and the people of these areas should be let live like humans,” he added.

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