New Delhi shouldn’t treat Kashmiris as enemies: Er Rasheed

New Delhi shouldn’t treat Kashmiris as enemies: Er Rasheed

‘Both political workers and militants’ families have right to live with dignity’

SRINAGAR: Reiterating that resolution of Kashmir dispute is the only way forward for restoring peace in the entire subcontinent, the Awami Itihad Party president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday said New Delhi should not treat Kashmiris as its enemies.
Rasheed, according to a statement, was speaking at a function in Degree College, Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, organised to pay tributes to renowned poet, scholar and teacher Late Prof Ghulam Mohammad Shaad.
The AIP president said unity among various political parties and thoughts is must and need of the hour in order to persuade New Delhi and Islamabad for a permanent settlement to the dispute. “Unless all those calling themselves as stakeholders do not mend their behaviour and try to find out a common minimum ground, not much is going to change,” Rasheed said. “It is easy for anyone to avoid the resolution if Kashmiris are a divided house.”
Rasheed said while people are suffering at all fronts due to prevailing political uncertainty, politicians should restrain from getting dividends of circumstances. He appealed for respecting the honour and dignity of every Kashmiri including political workers and of the militants’ families.
“Harassing anyone is a matter of grave concern. Though militants as well as security forces need to show restrain but the state has to understand that it’s responsibilities are much more bigger while dealing with the situation,” he said.
The MLA Langate appealed to militants not to forget that their every action is being minutely discussed and interpreted by their opponents and as such they against all odds need to take high moral ground. “It makes no sense to abuse, humiliate and torture anyone who is unarmed, irrespective of the fact if he belongs to (the) family of militant or police,” Rasheed said.