Revisit Kashmir policy, Er Rasheed suggests PM Modi



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Reiterating that verdict of masses has to be respected, AIP President Er Rasheed has appealed PM Narendra Modi to revisit his Kashmir policy and ensure measures for a resolution to Kashmir issue so that everlasting peace returns in the entire sub-continent.

Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) president and former MLA Langate Er Rasheed addressing a press conference at Srinagar press Club on Thursday, May 30, 2019. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Addressing an overcrowded press conference in Srinagar today Er Rasheed thanked people for voting in huge numbers in favour of AIP from north Kashmir despite all compulsions, time constraint and lack of resources.

Er Rasheed said, “Not only 85 year old renowned author and scholar Khaliq Parvez from Baramulla who was tortured with brutality and then in 1957 forced to exile for more than a decade at the age of eighteen for his political views and for seeking resolution to Kashmir dispute, but 90 year old Sonaullah Wani of Handwara, father of  a top slain militant commander, hundreds of local cops who cast their votes through ballot paper and a sufficient number of victims of violence and conflict also showed faith in AIP only for the reason that party has been constantly seeking an end to bloodshed by resolving the dispute in accordance with wishes, aspirations and sacrifices of people of J&K.”

“The fact is that not only families of victims of violence but those in uniform have also shown their faith in AIP and the hate mongers should understand that the vote is for the slogan and efforts of AIP leadership that no mother should lose her beloved son whether he be a militant, an army men, a common man or a political worker,” he said.

“For every mother life of her son is important and wrapping dead bodies in tri colour or any other colour hardly matters for the ill-fated families. Soldiers cannot speak for themselves and their vote to AIP is a message to Delhi that doesn’t play with our blood and being in armed force doesn’t snatch from us the right to speak and think about sufferings of our people or make a right choice to vote,” said Er Rasheed.

Er Rasheed thanked masses for showing faith in AIP and laying a strong foundation stone to reject traditional politics.

He said, “It should be a matter of great satisfaction that people cutting across sectarian and ethnic affiliations voted in huge numbers for AIP thus gave a befitting reply to those who would often accuse AIP leadership of representing a certain and small chunk of society. AIP owes special thanks to the minority community in Uri who preferred AIP over those who have been trying to show false sympathies with Kashmiri Pandits only for their vested political interests. It is a matter of great satisfaction that AIP has topped five assembly segments including Uri, Tangmarg, Langate, Baramulla and Karnah and has finished second in Sopore, Sangrama, Rafiabad and Lolab. Party has also performed extremely well in the rest of the six assembly segments. The results have proved that sufferings, sentiments and feelings of people of the entire state are same and those who tried to get people divided into sectarian and ethnic lines divide got a befitting reply from people of Karnah, Uri and Pattan.”

Er Rasheed assured people of J&K that AIP leadership is conscious of its duties towards people of the state and party will do everything required to convert the sentiments and emotions of people into a movement so that the miseries of people of state end.

He also urged election commission to take notice of certain political parties who managed poll boycott in certain areas only for the reason that it helped them in ultimate results.

Er Rasheed appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that political problem should be dealt with by a political process not by misusing various agencies.

Er Rasheed demanded the unconditional release of all political prisoners including those languishing in Tihar Jail and said that for creating a concussive atmosphere concrete confidence-building measures are a pre-requisite condition on both sides. He recalled his suggestion of Ramadhan cease-fire in the all-party meeting last year which became a reality for few days and said that such efforts need to be continued as hostility on either side gives nothing except the loss of lives.

Er Rasheed appealed both India and Pakistan not to take for granted the sufferings of Kashmiris and said that while Kashmiris will welcome any goodwill gesture between two countries but cannot surrender their legitimate political rights.


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