‘Only right to self-determination can end rights violations in Kashmir’
SRINAGAR: Police on Sunday detained Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed along with scores of his supporters when he was leading a protest march here in connection with the world human rights day, party statement said. They were taken to Raj Bagh police station.
An AIP statement issued here the protest was against New Delhi’s denial to resolve the 70-year-old dispute of Jammu Kashmir.
Carrying placards and banners, the protesters marched towards Lal Chowk from Jawahar Nagar raising slogans seeking end to human rights abuses in Kashmir.
However, police stopped the rally near Raj Bagh and used force to disperse the protestors which resulted in injuries to few, the statement said.
Meanwhile, AIP president while talking to media said, “The only way to stop human rights violations in Jammu Kashmir is to give people of the state on both the sides of LoC the right to self-determination.”
“New Delhi has been misleading world community about all what is happening in Kashmir only to maintain the status quo and give cover to state terrorism. (For the last) seventy years, New Delhi has miserably failed in Kashmir mainly for the reason that it has tried to purchase the loyalty of Kashmiri leadership rather trying to address the issue in accordance with the promises made with them from time to time.”
Rasheed sought entry of world human rights organisations to Kashmir “so that truth comes out”. “While thousands have disappeared in custody last past thirty years, hundreds have been blinded and killed in fake encounters but unfortunately the state institutions have denied even nominal justice to Kashmiris as New Delhi has made it the central point of its policy to deny justice to Kashmiris,” he said.
The MLA Langate urged the world community to take notice of the fact that “giving promotions, perks and privileges to security forces for killing and blinding Kashmiris has been the state policy of New Delhi since long”.
“While Kashmiris are not safe in jails, the human rights day should focus on the miseries of the people of Jammu Kashmir,” Rasheed said, adding, “Though Kashmiris themselves are facing the worst form of state terrorism but they stand by the people of Palestine and are unanimous in rejecting Donald Trump’s move to designate Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”