POONCH: AIP chief and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Saturday held an interaction programme in Poonch town in which lawyers, students and businessmen took part.
On the occasion, while appealing to India and Pakistan to take lessons from those losing lives on both the sides of LoC, Rasheed said that “resolution to J&K dispute is key to the upliftment of people of the entire subcontinent.”
“Rasheed answered questions of the participants and exchanged views pertaining to governance and political resolution to the seventy yearlong Kashmir dispute,” said a spokesperson, adding, “He made it clear that nobody wants a resolution on communal lines and those saying so are just doing it intentionally to give a communal colour to the issue.”
“It is not an issue of one community only, but the resolution will yield fruitful dividends to all sections of society,” Rasheed said.
“Since Prime Minister has been himself claiming that people of Gilgit Baltistan and POK also want to be part of India, and fulfill the principals of natural justice,” he said.
“India and Pakistan should respect the sentiments of people of state and resolve the issue by fulfilling commandments made with them on various national and international forums,” he said. “The political uncertainty has made life of everyone like a hell, and not only Kashmiris but people living in border areas, and men in uniform are also fed up with the current situation.”
MLA Langate said, “The uncertainty has badly hampered governance. Political setup has got an excuse to avoid resolution to day to day problems of the masses”.
Rasheed while expressing sympathy with the families of policemen who lost their lives in Sopore blast, reiterated that Kashmiris want an end to killings, but since there is nothing in their hands, their condemnations and sympathies are useless.
He said, “Let India and Pakistan understand the bitter realities and rise to the occasion without further delay so that people of Jammu & Kashmir see some light at the end of the tunnel”.
“Rasheed thanked people of Poonch for listening to his views and promised that he will work together with them for the common interest of all the three regions and ensure that people of Pir Panchal region are not deprived of their rights in various fields,” said a spokesperson.