SRINAGAR: Independent legislator from Langate constituency Engineer Sheikh Abdul Rashid on Thursday said that Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory and he will continue to fight for its resolution.
Talking to reporters, Rashid said that pro-freedom leaders have been fighting for the resolution of Kashmir dispute in their way, and he will continue the struggle in his own way.
Rashid, who has faced series of attacks from the BJP and Hindi rightwing activists in and outside the Valley, said that the resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative for India if it wants to become a super power.
Replying to a question about his position on accepting Indian constitution, Rashid said that he accepts the constitution same way as India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru accepted British constitution.
When asked about his decision to withdraw case against the Hindu activists of Hindu Sena who threw ink at him in New Delhi recently, the lawmaker said that he does not believe that “Indian system would deliver justice” and that his fight was not against those who spilled ink on him but against the ideology of Sena.
“The arrested were paid workers. My fight was not against them but against the ideology of Sena. Their conviction, if in any way happened, would not have changed the ideology my fight was against,” Rashid Said.
Rashid also refuted news in which he was quoted to have said that pro-freedom leaders are after his blood.
“A section of media in New-Delhi is keen to create confusion and misunderstanding among various Kashmiri political groups. The wrong news circulated was one such instance. I challenge them to show where I have said it,” Rashid said
Rashid, who also displayed the painted cloth he wore on the day ink was thrown on him, said that the cloth carries message that India does not care about people of Kashmir.
“This stained cloth has now become shroud for Indian secularism and tolerance,” Rashid said.