SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed has expressed surprise over BJP’s assertion that freeing the resistance leaders is part of confidence building measure (CBM), saying that allowing Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani to offer prayers after eight years speaks volumes about New Delhi’s “confusing mindset” and “level of oppression”.
Addressing an impressive function in Langate, Rasheed said, “The decision to allow Geelani and others to carry out their political activities should not be seen as a concession or a favour to Kashmiris but an admission that New Delhi has been ruthlessly suppressing the political peaceful voice in Kashmir.
“The decision is itself a moral victory of masses in general and pro-resistance leaders in particular as those who were asking saner voices to be thrown to Pakistan have finally realised that Kashmir issue needs a political resolution and anyone who seeks right to self-determination deserves to be heard and confronted politically with arguments and logics.”
MLA Langate sid aAllowing Geelani to offer Friday prayers after eight years has exposed the “propaganda” being carried out by Delhi-based media that Hurriyat leaders have no relevance and lack popular support base in Jammu and Kashmir.
“If government will sincerely allow all those forces, seeking resolution to Kashmir dispute, to carry out their political activities, it will come to know that majority of people in Jammu and Ladakh regions have a deep desire for resolution of Kashmir dispute,” Rasheed said and appealed New Delhi to come out of confusions and take bold initiatives for resolution of Kashmir issue rather going for symbolic and cosmetic measures.
He said the policy of maintaining status-quo will ultimately harm New Delhi more than Kashmiris as pushing every Kashmiri to wall creates a political vacuum and sense of hopelessness. “Despite many drawbacks and questions marks, the pro-resistance leadership represents sentiments, aspirations and sacrifices of almost every Kashmiri and any effort to undermine the space and role of pro-resistance leadership will never help.”
“Let New Delhi not forget that even the Israel – the worst state – inflicting atrocities on Palestinians and carrying their genocide has been wise enough to give political space to Palestinians and even holding direct and indirect talks with various Palestinian groups,” he added.
AIP president said once New Delhi gives up “arrogance” and takes concrete and meaningful steps for a durable resolution to Kashmir dispute in light of UN resolutions, it will take no time for those, who are being called radicals and abused on daily basis, to come forward and become part of the political process and contribute on principals of justice and mutual respect.
Rasheed appealed people not to make their own interpretation or listen to the “false propaganda” by anti-Kashmiri forces.