Srinagar: Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ravinder Raina’s remarks on Thursday, accusing the police force of harbouring ISI agents, prompted AIP president Engineer Rasheed to dare Kashmir-based reporters of Indian news channels to resign if they can’t broadcast Raina’s comments in their primetime news reports.
“I want to see which is the number one channel. You leave these channels, I will pay you,” Rasheed said at a press conference.
Rasheed, who blamed BJP workers for attacking him in Jammu region, demanded police should book Raina for his remarks.
“If an FIR can be lodged against me, why not Raina? The BJP is targeting the ASP (Rakesh Kumar) because he is a Dalit. Police should answer serious allegations leveled against top police officers,” he added.
Rasheed said PDP and BJP were equally responsible for the killing of a civilian and demolition of residential hutments in Jammu’s Samba district.
“The PDP and BJP are two sides of the same coin. PDP should break alliance with the saffron party and seek repentance,” Rasheed said, while pointing to “the well known role of” local BJP MLA Chandra Parakash Ganga’s role during the 2008 Amarnath land agitation.
On Monday, Jammu Development Authority along with Police launched a demolition drive in Sarore area in Samba. Police fired on protestors, who were resisting the drive, resulting in death of a civilian, Muhammad Yaqoob.
Rasheed supported former chief minister Omar Abdullah’s remarks on the conditional accession with India but said the “ultimate aim would be no less than right to self-determination”.
“Omar Abdullah should perform ‘Tauba’. Let India restore instrument of accession. We are with Omar for that,” he said.
Rasheed also appreciated YSR Congress MP Tirupati Varaprasad Rao for calling for right to self-determination for Kashmir. He said MPs and MLAs from the state should understand that speaking truth doesn’t mean sedition or anti-nationalism.