Srinagar: The Awami Ittihad Party delegation led by Engineer Rasheed met on Sunday the all-party delegation sent by India. Rasheed made it clear that the only resolution to Kashmir dispute was the holding of a plebiscite. He told the delegation that Indian politicians don’t have even the moral right to visit Kashmir, as the state and its institutions have done nothing except buying time and ensuring that Kashmiris get tired of the resistance.
Rasheed made it clear that even the last Kashmiri will not succumb before India’s might, as the case of Kashmiris is based on justice, principled stand, and the right to self-determination. He asked Congress and BJP leaders to not play with the sentiments of people but rather fulfill commitments made by successive Indian governments at the UN.
“Neither autonomy nor something else would match the sentiments and sacrifices of people of J&K. Anyone talking such outdated formulas lives in a fool’s paradise and will be treated as a traitor in J&K,” Rasheed said. He said that the slogan in every street of Kashmir is, “Sab Nahron Par Ek Hi Bari-Haq Hamara Rai Shumari”.
“We have never been part of India and the Indian state needs to acknowledge that J&K is disputed territory. Let you all understand that developmental packages, greater autonomy or any other formula by no means can be substitute to right to self-determination,” Rasheed said.
Rasheed said that New Dehli had humiliated all Kashmiri leaders from Mirwaiz to Yasin Malik and even the militant commanders who had agreed to talk to GoI. He also accused India of becoming intolerant towards non-violent movements, as was evident from the fate of Irom Sharmila, Iron lady of Manipur.
“If you couldn’t agree to the very little demand of Irom seeking revocation of AFSPA in Manipur, what do you have to offer to people of J&K and their leadership? On one side you talk of talks but a day before your visit the state government arrested a renowned technocrat Toha Andrabi only for the fault that he happens to be Asia Andrabi’s brother. Similarly you have done worst with every Kashmiri including Masrat Alam, Qasim Faktoo and subjected Khan Sopori to worst state terrorism by seizing his house. You didn’t spare trade union leader Abdul Qayoom Wani and others. What is the logic in slapping PSA on many including Advocate Babar and student Rehmatullah in Jammu province, as seeking plebiscite is our fundamental right?” Rasheed said in his meeting with the delegation.
Rasheed appealed to the Indian leadership to not label Kashmiris as Pakistani agents, but to accept that Pakistan is party to the dispute and no solution is possible without Pakistan’s consent. He gave a memorandum to the deputation seeking right to self-determination for people of J&K.