‘Modi playing with words like his predecessors’
Srinagar: Breaking through the strict restrictions o movement of people, a number of AIP activists led by MLA Langate Abdul Rasheed Sheikh marched out with black flags in their hands from Rasheed’s residence at Jawahar Nagar.
A day earlier, Rasheed had threatened to hoist black flag at Bakshi Stadium to observe August 15 as black day, after which, government had been placed him under house arrest.
As AIP activists started marching towards Bhakshi Stadium on Tuesday, a contingent of police used force to disperse the mob and arrested Rasheed along with two dozen protestors, a statement issued by AIP said.
AIP said that three activists sustained injuries in the police action, two of whom were hospitalized.
Before his arrest Rasheed reacting to Prime Minister Narendra MOdi’s remarks on Kashmir said that Modi was “just playing with the words like his predecessors”.
“All what Narendra Modi wanted to convey in his Independence speech has nothing to offer but just means few traditional words like what Narsima Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh and others have told from time to time. By saying that there are just few people seeking separation from India, Modi has distorted the facts,” Rasheed said.
Reminding that, last year Modi had said that people of Gilgit Baltistan and PaK also want to be part of India, Rasheed said that if he really believes in all what he said this year and last year he must never hesitate from offering Kashmiris a plebiscite.
Rasheed also lashed out at NC working president Omar Abdulah for his inconsistency, asking him to explain what forced him to boycott last year’s I-day celebrations while attending the function this time.
“The fact is that last year NC leadership tried to affiliate itself with the popular sentiment and this year citing pro-resistance leadership hardships, he took a different line,” Rasheed said.
He said that at a stage when Kashmiris are on the verge of “losing their rights within Indian constitution”, Omar Abdullah was trying to “sabotage” the moves for unity within various political thoughts and parties.
“By revealing that he doesn’t need Hurriyat’s cooperation in protecting 35-A Omer Abdullah has proved his arrogance, opportunism, lust for power and nefarious intentions. He should not be under any misperception that Article-35-A debate will help his party in exploiting Kashmiris or making pro-resistance leadership irrelevant. Omer Abdullah must be told louder and clear that NC is mother of major evils Kashmiris are facing.”
Rasheed also questioned Mehbooba Mufti’s talk about 35-A and special status of the state and said that it was she who facilitated the entry of Sang Parivar in the state “to bulldoze the rights of people including the special status”.