SRINAGAR: Responding to home minister of India Rajnath Singh’s description of Kashmir as ‘an integral part of India’, legislator Engineer Abdul Rashid on Monday said that J&K “neither was, nor is or will remain India’s integral part”.
In a statement issued here, Rashid, who also heads his Awami Itihad Party, said: “J&K was never integral Part of India. It was, in fact, a sovereign country when Indians were slaves of British.”
“Unfortunately the moment India achieved freedom and despite not being able to keep its own country together and breaking into three, it occupied J&K by using immoral and dirty means. People of Jammu & Kashmir have been fighting since 27th Oct, 1947, till date against India’s occupation and have offered more than five lakh sacrifices,” he said.
Rashid said Singh or any New Delhi can rule Kashmir “by the courtesy of barrel of gun”.
He asked Singh: “If India continues to be in denial mood over the disputed nature of J&K, what is the fun of sending all-parties delegation, promising to talk to stakeholders, and begging for resolution from door to door?”
The legislator said the “arrogant, irresponsible, unrealistic and confusing” claims have yet again “exposed India”, as the successive governments of the country have often tried “to buy the time and maintain the status quo”.
He also hailed the people of Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley for rejecting the demand of separate statehood for Jammu, and making it clear that Jammu “doesn’t mean two and a half districts but includes thousands of villages and towns from Pir Panchal to Chenab”.
Rashid offered his “full support” to Greater Pir Panchal Unity Forum, saying: “Every Kashmiri is of firm belief that the whole state is a disputed territory and demand of separate state hood by communal forces is just an attempt to dilute Kashmir cause”.