If Dulat, Durani can become co-authors what stops Kashmiris to unite, asks Er Rasheed

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‘Why politicians, army generals and intelligence chiefs talk peace, resolution only after retiring’

SRINAGAR: Appealing the security and intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan to take notice of the sufferings of Kashmiris and stop “misleading” their respective governments, Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Friday said the book co-authored by former Raw Chief A S Dulat and former ISI Chief Asad Durani has raised many questions and also answered many.
According to a statement issued here, Rasheed while addressing workers’ meeting at Handwara said, “It is strange that the two former intelligence heads are now revealing almost all that what they would have done during their tenure through overt and covert operations. It is known to all that Kashmiris have been the worst victims of not only the conflict but the tug of war between the powerful agencies of two countries and are often being labelled as anti-movement and anti-national by the proxies of agencies which people like Dulat and Durani used to head.”
He said no Kashmiri is against the Track II diplomacy and they understand better the significance of talks, peaceful resolution of dispute and respecting each other’s viewpoint but have a right to know that why do politicians, army generals and intelligence chiefs talk peace and resolution only when they retire from the services.
“May (former Indian PM) Manmohan Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Farooq Abdullah answer why couldn’t they understand the significance of peace and resolution to Kashmir dispute when they were busy in bulldozing the aspirations and sentiments of Kashmiris with help of people like Dulat,” Rasheed said. “Unfortunately, even Track II diplomacy is becoming an industry for those who want to maintain status quo and avoid a resolution.”
The AIP president said Kashmiris must understand that if people like Dulat and Durani can be co-authors of a book revealing “how they added salt to the injuries” of Kashmiris from time to time, their friends and foes have their own agenda and Kashmiris do come next to that.
“Let Kashmiris decide if Dulat doesn’t become anti-national nor becomes Durani anti-movement despite being most powerful men of their times while handling Kashmir, how could Kashmiris become traitors if they talk to each other and find ways to resolve Kashmir dispute forever,” the independent MLA said. “Kashmiris being the worst sufferers should get lessons from the fact that how people enjoy and earn name and fame from all that what they have faced all these years.”
Rasheed said it is high time for Kashmiri leadership to end the “meaningless” terms like ‘mainstream’ and ‘separatist’ and learn lessons from the co-authors like Dulat and Durani, otherwise they will continue to die and suffer but their every cry will go unheard.
AIP president also criticised Farooq Abdullah for his proposal – of maintaining status-quo on both sides of LoC – which he suggested on the occasion of the book release in New Delhi.
“It is unfortunate that Dr. Farooq neither shows consistency nor understands that Kashmiris have not sacrificed for maintaining the status-quo but are the primary party to the dispute and those trying to undermine and ignore them are living in a fool’s paradise,” Rasheed said.