SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rashid on Sunday said though Indian state celebrates the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, “it has lost the bigger battle in Kashmir”.
As per a statement issued here, Rashid was addressing a funeral procession for Burhan Wani at Qalamabad, Langate.
He said: “People do celebrate deaths of terrorists in any part of the world but what forces masses from Karna to Chakandabag to come out on streets without caring for their lives, and to protest against the killing of Burhan Wani. It is proven that Burhan ruled hearts and India ruled heads. Why lakhs attended his funeral, why government has been left with the only option of lathi charge, teargas shelling and bullets while dealing with the people. The fact is that GoI does not believe Kashmiris as its own people.”
The MLA said the confession made by security agencies that Burhan and his team had not crossed LOC to get weapons, is an evidence that Pakistan is not involved in the uprising. “Whatever ever is happening in J&K is spontaneous and indigenous. Either GoI should declare every Kashmiri a terrorist or must understand that J&K problem is beyond law and order issue and needs a resolution,” he said.
Rashid said until India does not accept the disputed nature of J&K, “from Nehru to Modi, every Indian ruler is responsible for every single killing in Kashmir”. “It is due to the broken promises of India that forced Burhan and hundreds like him to take arms. I appeal Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah and others that they should show some consistency and stop changing colours. If they have some self respect and care about their people they must stop acting like mouthpieces of New Delhi and must tell it louder and clear that J&K is not India’s integral part and that giving the people of the state across LoC the right to self-determination is the only way to restore peace in the region.,” he said.
“Unfortunately both these leaders and their puppets in the assembly have been saying different things at different places and have been creating confusions by their Delhi-made formulas thus preparing a ground to get Kashmiris killed and humiliated,” Rashid said.