Protest at SKICC a message to BJP, says Er Rasheed

Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) President and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Tuesday said that the treatment given to Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti by the women folk at SKICC has conveyed a message to Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) President, Amit Shah that the people of Kashmir are battling for Right to Self-Determination.

According to the statement issued Rasheed reminded Amit Shah that J&K dispute is not about abrogating or strengthening Article 370 but the battle is for Right to Self-Determination.

“Whatsoever Amit Shah has said at India TV conclave is distortion and denial of facts. Article 370 has nothing to do with the Kashmir dispute. The people here are fighting for Right to Self-Determination. In fact, by talking about Article 370, BJP is trying to dilute the issue,” he said.

Rasheed asked Amit Shah that though the message has been sent to India loud and clear but the humiliation Mehbooba Mufti faced today was just to tell world community that Kashmiris want an end to status-quo maintained on Kashmir dispute.

“The shameless ministers and bureaucrats who just want to mislead the world find no shame in forcing government employees and unemployed youth to attend the official functions. These officers waste no time in claiming these gatherings as people’s faith in the current regime and a sign of normalcy,” he added.

“May one ask those blaming Pakistan and resistance movement for every incident that if the gathering was arranged by Ministers, how could they justify the attack on CM by the selective women folk,” Rasheed asked, adding that in fact today not only Mehbooba Mufti but their masters including Amit Shah would have understood better that arranging gatherings at gunpoint and through bureaucratic and administration ‘terrorism’ cannot help in changing things on the ground.

Expressing surprise over Omer Abdullah’s tweets celebrating helplessness of Mehbooba Mufti, Rasheed according to the statement reminded him that he was doing nothing better than Mehbooba Mufti and should not forget the incident when shoes were hurled at him, when he too committed same mistake and forced government employees to attend a state sponsored gathering on eve of Aug 15, 2010.

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