Pandits fume at Er Rashid’s ‘apology’ remark

Pandits fume at Er Rashid’s ‘apology’ remark

SRINAGAR: Two Kashmiri Pandit journalists have shown MLA Langate Engineer Abdul Rashed the middle finger, a day after he asked Kashmiri Pandits to apologise to the majority community for leaving it to face “killings and crackdowns”.
New Delhi-based news channel Times Now Correspondent Aditya Raj Koul and former opinion and special stories editor at The Hindu Rahul Pandita are seen showing their middle fingers in a picture captioned “ Apology to Engineer Rashed” shared by the former on his twitter handle.
While questioning their migration in early 1990s, Rashid, a two-time MLA from north Kashmir’s Langate, Saturday said that Kashmiri Pandits should apologize for “breaching the trust of Kashmiri Muslims”.
“Pandits must tender an unconditional apology to the majority community for migration and leaving them behind to face guns, grenades, bullets, crack-downs, PSAs, AFSPA, custodial killings, rapes, murders, forced labor, custodial disappearances, humiliations and rule of lawlessness,” he had said.
The statement by the law maker has also prompted angry reactions from many Pandits on Facebook and Twitter. The angry posts on Twitter were part of trending hashtag#DimwitRashid.
“Engineer Rashid we haven’t forgotten what u did to us even after 25 yrs, and we won’t let you forget it. #DimwitRashid,” wrote Panun Kashmir (@WandererSS6).
Another twitter user Amit Raina (@rainaamit) wrote: “Engineer Rashid wants apology from Kashmiri Hindus for their persecution. Ever heard oppressor seeking apology from victim?”