SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Abdul Rasheed on Sunday appealed to home minister Rajnath Singh to break the tradition of just making promises and urged him to talk to Government of Pakistan, pro-resistance leadership, militant leadership and public representatives on both the sides of LoC.
“Rather (than) involving every Tom Dick and Harry by calling them stakeholders, New Delhi must talk to Government of Pakistan, pro-resistance leadership, militant leadership and public representatives on both the sides of LoC so that concrete road map is formulated for the final settlement (of Kashmir),” a party spokesperson quoted Rasheed as saying during the meeting with home minister here on Sunday.
The deputation also submitted a memorandum to home minister urging that right to self determination is the most democratic, fair and workable solution to resolve J&K issue.
A party spokesperson in a statement issued here said a five member delegation of AIP led by its president Er Abdul Rasheed met home minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday.
He said Rasheed during the meeting with home minister reiterated his stand that the best way to resolve Kashmir dispute is to hold plebiscite on both sides of the LoC.
“Talks and threats can’t go together. If New Delhi means business, it has to stop humiliating Kashmiris and their genuine leadership and understand that pro-resistance leadership has a strong mass support only for the reason that people have given them mandate to speak for their sentiments, aspirations and rights,” the spokesperson quoted Rasheed as saying.
“In principle we are not against probing anything but why should only pro-resistance leaders be targeted. If probing financial resources and creating assets is the only issue that needed to be probed, the government must probe the huge assets created by politicians and bureaucrats who pretend to be loyal to the Indian state.”
The AIP president, the spokesperson said, “cautioned” the home minister of “the disastrous consequences of efforts to create a political vacuum by bulldozing and targeting Hurriyat”. “New Delhi has to respect the political leadership at all costs. Our fight is not about protecting internal autonomy including Article 35-A but respecting Article 370 and 35-A is in New Delhi’s own interests.”
The spokesperson said the deputation also raised the issue of missing Lolab youth Manzoor Ahmad Khan in army custody, release of all political prisoners, shifting every Kashmiri prisoner lodged in jails outside state to their native districts, “gross human rights violations by the so-called” village defense committees (VDCs) in Jammu region, allowing students to form unions in universities and colleges, sufferings of students studying outside state, return of border migrants to their homes in Karen, Karnah, Uri and other sectors, forcible disappearances, withdrawal of FIRs in police stations against youth for alleged stone pelting, restoring respect and rights of jail return militants and families of active militants and various measures to improve governance at the grassroots level.
The deputation urged Rajnath Singh to take strong notice of few TV channels that are keen bent to “destroy the self respect of Kashmiris” and by doing so, are adding fuel to the fire.