No harm in seeking development even if Kashmir is disputed: Er Rashid

JAVID ALI
SRINAGAR: Engineer Abdul Rashid on Wednesday ended his 50-hour sit-in demanding IIT and IIM for Kashmir saying there was no harm in seeking better facilities and institutions despite the fact that J&K was a disputed territory.
The sit-in, which was organised in front of civil secretariat from Monday, ended with people from all walks of life expressing their support to “the genuine cause.”
Engineer Rashid urged central government either to establish an IIT, an IIM and an IIMC in Kashmir or be prepared to face a mass public movement from Karnah to Qazigund.
“Basic and fundamental rights of Kashmiris cannot be denied only because Kashmiris genuinely fight for resolution of Kashmir dispute,” Engineer Rashid said.
“There is no harm in seeking better facilities and institutions for the state despite the fact that J&K is a disputed territory. Those who argue that seeking IIT, IIM and IIMC, and other benefits for Kashmiris are irrelevant issues unless Kashmir issue is resolved, have a very weak argument to defend, as one needs to remember that GoI is utilizing our all resources whatsoever and has full control over these resources,” he said.
He said that his party would hold consultations with trade, transport, social and other religious organizations to come out with a joint strategy over the issue.
“The 50-hour sit-in was a wakeup call for every Kashmiri to rise to the occasion and start an organized peaceful struggle for the rights of Kashmiri people,” he added.

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