By Nouman Shah
Jammu: That those killed by the government forces during summer uprising had not gone to buy toffees has been proven by the fact that the state legislature paid homage to them, legislator Engineer Rasheed said in the state assembly on Monday.
He was referring to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s much-criticised statement in August this year, justifying the killings of protesters by government forces, saying those hit by bullets or pellets had not gone to fetch milk or toffees.
“Had a kid gone to buy a toffee from an army camp? A 15-year-old boy who attacked a police station (in south Kashmir), had he gone to buy milk?” she had said.
Rasheed said paying tributes to and expressing solidarity with the families of “victims of state terrorism” is of no help as the “precious and innocent human lives would not come back.”
“Martyrs don’t need condolences or obituaries from those who are controlling their killers,” Rasheed said.
He asked the CM, who was in the house, to confess to “being guilty of killing innocents” and said that “her crocodile tears would never be of any help to the victims of state terrorism.”
Holding placards with messages seeking plebiscite on both sides of the Line of Control, Rasheed held a sit-in protest at the main entrance of assembly, where governor NN Vohra had to address the joint session.
Rasheed confronted Vohra when he started his speech and reiterated that people of the state don’t accept him as the governor and added “Mr Vohra or anybody else has no right to hold the position of the governor as J&K is supposed to have is its own elected president and prime minister.”
He said, “India would never force into submission the people of J&K who are seeking right to self determination.”
Rasheed also rejected Congress legislature party leader Nawang Jora’s claim that mass uprising in Kashmir was because of the alliance between PDP and BJP and said that it is a “disgrace to the sacrifices” and every member should realize and confess that those “martyred were seeking nothing but right to self determination.”