Srinagar: The ‘double century’ remark over the killings in Kashmir by former Indian Cricketer Verandar Sehwag has not gone well in Kashmir Valley.
Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Saturday said that it speaks volumes of mental bankruptcy of a section of Indian celebrities.
The firebrand leader in a statement issued here, said, “while security agencies can justify the killings calling it their professional duty, it is disgraceful and painful on behalf of Sehwag mocking at the violence in Kashmir.”
“These celebrities could have played a vital role in not only acting as ambassadors of peace and harmony but could have also acted as powerful track two diplomats between India, Pakistan and Kashmiris to ensure a peaceful resolution to the dispute for securing a better life to billions of the people of the subcontinent who have given them tremendous love, name and fame. But unfortunately their vision and mindset too seem to be have been kept hostage by fanatic elements and ultra nationalist media and are thus adding fuel to the fire,” he said.
He said that let these sick minded people like Sehwag understand that these irrational and senseless statements create more hatred towards India in Kashmir and increases their resolve to fight New Delhi’s history of broken promises.
Er Rasheed dared Sehwag that if he is truly worried about peace then he should raise his voice against state terrorism as well and should have condemned the attack on Kashmiris lodged inside Tihar jail.
“Let Verandhr Shewag visit victims of Tihar jail and offer his apologies on behalf of the celebrities before mocking the deaths in Kashmir. If Indians can’t end their hatred against Kashmiris even lodged in jails and will mock the killings where are the chances of reconciliation or a meeting point. Let these celebrities understand that Kashmiris are not criminals and listening to their voice will become a compulsion for India sooner or later to safeguard its own interests,” he said.