SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Wednesday cautioned New Delhi not to use the killing of local Kashmiri army men killed in Sujwan attack in Jammu for “political gains”.
Rasheed in a statement said New Delhi must own the moral responsibility of all these killings.
Addressing a public gathering in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district – the native village of slain soldiers killed in Jammu attack – Rashed rejected the “propaganda” being carried out by a section of Delhi media while trying to give the notion that participation in the funerals of soldiers reflects a change in mindset of Kashmiris. MLA Langate said, ”Kashmiris never supported violence and it was always forced upon them. They are being pushed to a position where some took the path of violence as a means to make their voice on Kashmiri issue heard.”
“Whosoever gets killed, Kashmiris feel the pain. It is again the Indian media which has been shameful in projecting the killings of local Kashmiri army men in a way that would create confusions within Kashmiri society and give the incident a communal colour.” He said even if the soldiers would have been non-locals, the inner feelings of majority of Kashmiris would have been almost the same.
“It is the real spirit of Kashmiriyat and the religious obligations to offer and participate in the last rites of the soldiers unlike the security agencies who have been so ‘brutal’ that they bury the dead bodies of slain militants at unknown places even without offering their last rites properly,” he said.
Rasheed took a pledge from the masses that they will continue their struggle for right to self-determination through peaceful means. He also asked Delhi-based media not to forget that “in the native village of Habib Ullah Qureishi, the slain soldier’s native village, around two hundred fifty families have been forced to migrate by the security forces in 1990s and nobody speaks a word over their sufferings”.