SRINAGAR: Legislator Abdul Rashid’s Awami Itihad Party (AIP) is going to stage a march here on Wednesday in solidarity with the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Rashid announced the “peaceful march” in a press conference at his Srinagar residence.
Earlier in the day, he was detained by police at Pantha Chowk here when he was going towards Pulwama where two civilians were killed in firing by government forces on Sunday.
Rashid lashed out at governor N N Vohra, saying, “he is worse than governor Kakar”.
“I will say that again and again.”
Rashid also condemned the arrest of SAR Geelani, and stated Kashmiri students in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and other institution may be made scapegoats.
“Let New Delhi read the writing on the wall and restrain from stopping the intellectual class of India from telling truth about Kashmir,” Rashid said.
“Despite the fact that Congress and BJP are trying to use JNU issue for political gains, all the major political parties are claiming that pro-Kashmir and pro-Afzal slogans were raised by a bunch of miscreants, which is not the fact.”
The legislator said the “biased national media” often ignores the atrocities committed on Kashmiris. He said it didn’t bother to say a word about Pulwama killings.
“The incidents in JNU have proven that Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat are alive even after their hangings and that the state has miserably failed to prove them as terrorists,” he said.
“Whatever is happening in JNU campus and Delhi’s courts, should act as an eye opener for all those who have been branding Kashmiris as anti-nationals and traitors for demanding resolution of the Kashmir issue. Let the ultra-nationalist forces understand that they should give up arrogance and ask GoI to resolve Kashmir dispute before it is too late.”
Rashid said Congress and PDP MLAs endorsed his stand on Guru on the eve of seeking his support for Rajya Sabha and Council elections the last year.
“As such, Congress and PDP’s ally BJP can’t label the brave-hearted students of JNU as anti-national for raising voice in favor of Guru.” He asked police to revisit its policies towards Kashmiris.