Srinagar: Hitting out at government forces, Awami Ittehad Party chief and MLA Langate, Er Rasheed on Sunday said that a calculated strategy was used “to demoralise, suppress and humiliate Kashmiris” by releasing videos of torture. He said the aim was to send a message that neither Kashmiris nor the world community could stop “Indian forces from doing (these) immoral, unlawful and inhuman” acts.
The AIP chief, however, added that such terrible incidents would “strengthen the commitment and will of Kashmiris and world must realize that India is at war with Kashmir”.
Rasheed, in a statement issued in Srinagar today, said that the videos that went viral on social media have “calculated and organised intentions to give a message to Kashmiris that New Delhi doesn’t care”. Rasheed claimed, “It is obvious that no Jawan could have done it without permission of his superiors and as such it is part of strategy to send Kashmiris a tough message that we can go to any extent.”
Rasheed, who had lead a protest march to Badami Bagh cantonment against the excesses on Saturday, said that New Delhi treated Kashmiris “worse than slaves” and the videos recorded by security agencies were aimed to “terrorise and demoralise Kashmiris”.
Reacting to a demand by Farooq Abdullah for the imposition of Governor’s rule, Rasheed challenged that Abdullah could not ensure a different situation in his rule. “Though Mehbooba Mufti can’t be exonerated at any cost, but may one ask Farooq Abdullah would situation have been different if he, his son or even any top separatist leader would have been ruling the state”. He said that the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir was not going to change unless “India … leave(s) its mischief and huge atrocities”.