‘Forces, militants fighting for respective ideologies, but public perception favours militants’
Srinagar: Accusing the government and its security agencies of celebrating the deaths of Kashmiris including civilians and militants, AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Abdul Rasheed Sheikh Fridaysaid that New Delhi was more interested in killing and controlling Kashmiris by bullets rather than showing any desire for a peaceful settlement to Kashmir dispute.
In a statement issued after the Dialgam encounter where two militants and two civilians were killed by government forces, Rasheed said that while police and other security agencies have enough reasons to justify the encounter but calling the death of Lashkar commander Bashir Lashkari and his colleague a big success carries no weight.
“The state which forces claim to be defending in true terms ceases to exist on the ground if its people are against it, as it is the people who constitute the main ingredients of the state. If the state apparatus itself claims to be at war with militants and proudly celebrates their deaths, then it has no moral right to question all those including militants and common masses who do not question the killings by militants,” Rasheed said.
He added that before condemning Bashir Lashkari, the government must answer why he was forced to rejoin the militant outfits “due to sever torture and humiliation by various agencies”.
“The govt. when asked, never answer in the assembly that why was Bashir Lashkari forced to become militant. Both militants and the forces are claiming to be fighting for their respective ideologies but the public perception favours militants, thus every effort to label the militants as criminals and killers falls flat on moral grounds,” Rasheed said.