“If Akalis can have memorial of Bhindranwale, why can’t Afzal Guru mortal remains be sent back,” this was stated by Awami Itihhaad Party (AIP) President and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid while addressing a crowded press conference on Wednesday.
Rashid said that he has submitted two important resolutions in Jammu & Kashmir Assembly with reference to bringing mortal remains of Afzal Guru Back and release of all political prisoners of J&K locked in prisons of Jammu & Kashmir and also outside J&K.
Rashid said “I have already submitted two vital resolutions in the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly one pertains to demand of bringing mortal remains of Afzal Guru back and another pertains to the release of all political prisoners of J&K locked in different jails of India.”
Rashid also questioned “double standards” of Indian Government with reference to one Paradigm adopted in Nagaland and another paradigm adopted in Kashmir. “If a feared Naga militant leader like Isaac Muivah can have his office in Delhi and enjoy all perks from state despite his militant organization collecting taxes from Naga people and running a parallel government in Nagaland than why is same Indian state apparatus creating so much hue and cry over legal release of Kashmiri political prisoner Masrat Alam one fails to understand this and it simply reflects sheer hypocrisy on part of Indian government and media of India,” Rashid asked.
Rashid added “ Those fascist voices who live in constant fear that bringing back Afzal Guru mortal remains back will lead to building some sort of memorial should answer how memorial of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale has been established at sacred golden Temple Amritsar by Akalis .”
Rashid presented the photographs of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale memorial and observed “ Congress is adopting double standards as in parliament it is raising all ultra nationalist outcry on Afzal Guru mortal remains and release of Masrat Alam and in Kashmir the five Congress MLAs issue apology letter for hanging of Afzal Guru. Congress should than expel these five MLAs or adopt an uniform standard.”
Rashid appealed to PDP and NC to get united for genuine causes of browbeaten nation of Kashmir and remarked “If Indian Government creates a notion about Mufti Sayeed being a pro-Pakistan CM and lot of venom against genuine release of political prisoner like Masrat Alam with mass following it is undoubtedly high time for Separatist and mainstream leadership of Kashmir to think how can the Government of India brought on table to discuss real political dispute of J&K.”