Let’s stay away from elections: Er Rasheed

Let’s stay away from elections: Er Rasheed
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Says ‘separatists are real mainstream’

SRINAGAR: Asserting that the right to self-determination is the only resolution to Kashmir dispute, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Wednesday said all the “mainstream” parties should stay away from elections till New Delhi shows “sincerity” and offers an acceptable dialogue with all stakeholders.
He also said those “who are being calling separatists are the real mainstream as they represent sentiments and sacrifices of people”.
According to a statement, Rasheed during the all parties meeting called by the chief minister on Wednesday here at SKICC said, “It hardly makes a difference who rules the state as Kashmiris are not fighting for administrative issues but for the right to self-determination.”
He said the “mainstream” has lost the right to be called as the “mainstream” as people believe that all those bating for New Delhi are “traitors”. “The formulas like ‘self rule’ and ‘autonomy’ are already outdated and Kashmiris have not made huge sacrifices for any resolution within Indian Constitution,” he said.
However, in case of plebiscite, MLA Langate said, who knows they may vote for India or Pakistan. He asked CM Mehbooba Mufti to “either lead from the front or tell New Delhi that J&K is not its internal problem but an internationally recognised dispute; or she must resign and we all will support her if she bats for the right to self-determination”.
Accusing New Delhi of enforcing and engineering radicalisation in Kashmir by provocations and killings, AIP president asked government to stop all operations against militants. He said calling militants as terrorists can never justify the innocent killings, and appealed NC and PDP to “realise that dispute is not who rules J&K but something much much bigger than that”.
Rasheed said what state government had said about freedom of Hurriyat leaders proved to be a “bigger lie” as nothing has changed for the joint resistance leadership (JRL).
“The leaders of the all parties should meet PM and leaders of opposition and ask them to say bye bye to lame excuses and come forward for a concrete meaningful dialogue in accordance with the UN resolutions and historic perspective of the dispute,” the independent MLA suggested.