‘Kashmir struggle a movement for right to self determination’
Jammu: Stating that electoral parties NC and PDP were acting like “extension wings and collaborators of Indian colonial occupation”, Independent legislator, Engineer Rasheed Saturday told the legislative assembly that “the struggle of Kashmiri nation was not for revoking AFSPA, PSA or banning pellet guns, or restoration of Autonomy but purely a movement for right to self determination.”
Rasheed was participating in discussion on grants pertaining to Home department headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
Criticising the chief minister, Rasheed said that while people of the state were expecting a “Razia Sultana” in Mehbooba Mufti “Nagpur drew her other way”.
Asking Mufti to learn lessons from Tamil Nadu Rasheed asked members of the house to “introspect”
“If Tamil Nadu Assembly can turn down Supreme Court orders to continue Jeli Katu tradition, why has J&K Assembly become a liability on people of state,” Rasheed said. “Why doesn’t assembly collect courage to implement the resettlement bill passed in 1982 in letter and spirit.”
While appreciating Mufti for showing deep love for her father Rasheed asked what she had to say to the parents “whom she forced to shoulder coffins of their beloved kids”.
He also lamented that the state flag was not flying over High Court, Kashmir House and other prestigious places “despite the fact the High Court Judges take oath under state constitution”.
Rasheed also advocated handing over of mosques locked for one reason or the other in Jammu providence to Jammu Muslims.
Rasheed came down heavily on chief minister for termination of service of 12 employees.
“If speaking about sentiment is enough to terminate jobs of people, then spokesman of Nayeem Akhter should be jailed.” Rasheed said and asked Mufti to explain “whether your spokesman is Iffat Khan, Satar Wagay, Basharat Suroor who had been in the past writing and talking about the sentiment”.
He also raised quires about investigation of murder of two brothers of Thana Mandi and also expressed displeasure over FIR being not lodged against those who killed a Muslim youth in Ponch some time back.
He also questioned why the government had not made the report of Handwara incident that had left five people dead last year public, despite chief minister’s promise.