SRINAGAR: Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) chief and MLA Langate, Engineer Rasheed, on Sunday asked New Delhi to accept the disputed nature of Kashmir before sending anyone to the Valley for ‘talks’.
Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mention of Kashmir in his monthly speech ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Rasheed, in a statement issued here, asked the Indian leadership “not to play with the words” and accept the right to self-determination for J&K.
“Let Indian PM understand that there are no takers to his sermons of putting whole blame game on Kashmiris. PM must leave the traditional words and collect courage to own the truth,” he said.
He said Modi must know that “trouble, whatsoever, takes place in Kashmir, New Delhi will be judged as trouble pioneer”.
“PM has clearly communicated that all parties in India are unanimous in denying Kashmiris any political concessions,” he said, asking the Indian leadership to understand that Kashmiris were “fed up” with these all party delegations, track-II diplomacies and “sweet words”.
“Before sending anybody to Kashmir, New Delhi must accept the nature of dispute,” he said.
The legislator said that Modi’s remarks cannot give a “cover to state terrorism” and that drawing comparisons between killings and injuries of civilians and government forces was nothing but “an attempt to justify the killings of innocents”.
“While every death is painful, PM can’t pass the buck by equating one death of security forces with the 70 deaths of civilians including women and children,” he said.
He said the government of India was forcing its “mouthpiece Mehbooba Mufti” to add salt to the injuries of people &K by saying that those killed had not gone to buy toffees and milk in camps. He called it a “well-crafted plan”.
“The statement is shameful,” he said. “Will Mehbooba Mufti say that the mother and her teenaged child, who got killed in Qazigund by army, a youth butchered inside his house in Batamaloo, the ATM guard who received 365 pellets, the youth who was forced to death in Jehlum and dozens of others who were not part of any protest in different parts of valley, had really gone to buy toffees and milk?”