Srinagar: Awami Itihad Party led by MLA Langate, Abdul Rashid, presented a memorandum to India’s home minister Rajnath Singh, asking him to hold plebiscite in both parts of Kashmir.
In a statement issued here, AIP said its deputation held 40 minute-long meeting with Singh on Thursday and Rashid made it clear that seeking right to self determination didn’t violate the constitution of India and or amounted to separatism.
Rashid said that GoI needs to understand that passing the buck and avoiding the resolution is the only reason why Jammu & Kashmir was bleeding since 1947, it said, adding that the deputation narrated to Singh as to how the successive governments broke their promises from time to time and “played blame game” with the other two parties of the dispute to avoid the solution.
He rejected the allegations that Jammu region was facing discrimination and said that from civil secretariat to police department and from judiciary to ordinary government services, the number of Muslims has been shrunk to “intolerable level”, it said.
Rashid told Singh that people of state never wanted any solution on communal lines nor has majority community ever been communal, it said.
“Advocating the argument, Rashid said that despite being 70% Muslim-dominated state , Muslims get killed in J&K and it is perhaps the only place in the world where people from the majority community have been suffering for 70 years,” it said.
Sigh was told that though pellets, bullets, PSAs and AFSPA has given people a lot of pain “but our fight by no means is against all these atrocities and draconian laws but all we want is that people of Jammu & Kashmir should be given right to self determination”.
Rashid informed Singh that calling protesters on the streets agents of Pakistan hurts Kashmiris because everything “happening is indigenous and spontaneous”.
The delegation gave a memorandum to the home minister of India, reiterating its demand that resolution to Kashmir dispute leads only through right to self determination in a stipulated time period, the statement said.