Srinagar: Chief of Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) and MLA Langate Engineer Rasheed on Sunday said that Prime Minister Modi’s speech in Kerala in which he challenged Pakistan to fight a war for a thousand years amounts to a confession that it is not so easy to break or defeat Pakistan.
In a statement Rasheed said, “By talking of indulging in war with Pakistan for a thousand years Modi has confessed that India can’t beat Pakistan for at least one thousand years. Addressing directly the people of Pakistan clearly means that those who were talking of attacking Pakistan know that it is very easy to say so but impossible to get it done. Apparently it sounds better when Indian Prime Minister invites Pakistanis to fight illiteracy, poverty and other serious issues, but he should have revealed the road map to do and achieve so. The only way to achieve these important goals in the subcontinent is to stop spending billions of dollars on defence needs and deals, and that can be done only if India and Pakistan give people of J&K on both sides of LOC their right to self determination.”
Rasheed said that Modi’s remarks on PaK (Pakistan-administered Kashmir) are meaningless as not the only people in that part of Kashmir enjoy their basic rights, they have their own President and Prime Minister. “Who doesn’t know how Bangladesh separated from Pakistan. Nobody knows better than Modi how many states within India have worse problems (than PaK),” Rasheed said,
“Modi has every right to claim that India will not allow sacrifice of eighteen soldiers killed in Uri to go waste, but Modi and every Indian needs to understand that if India can’t ignore or forget sacrifices of those eighteen soldiers wearing uniform, getting good salaries and trained to kill and get killed, how can Kashmiris forget sacrifices of more than one lakh innocent and unarmed, men, women and children, who have been sent to graves by Indian security forces since 1990. Modi should also answer to those hundreds of mothers whose beloved kids have been blinded by pellets forever at the hands of Indian forces in the past three months,” Rasheed said.