SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) on Friday boycotted its meeting with home minister Rajnath Singh at Kupwara after authorities asked it “not to speak about Kashmir issue or right to self-determination”, party president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed said.
In a statement, Rasheed said that a six-member delegation of AIP headed by Advocate Noor-ul-Shahbaz which was scheduled to meet home minister boycotted the meeting at the eleventh hour as authorities asked delegation not to speak about Kashmir issue or right to self-determination.
“The shocking dictatorial approach of authorities was rejected by the delegation and preferred to boycott the meeting,” AIP president said. “The incident has exposed the real designs of New Delhi. If home minister does not want to listen what masses stand for, there is no fun to befool people and invite them for interaction.”
He termed it “shocking and shameful” that the party delegation was conveyed through Deputy Commissioner and other authorities not to speak about “political aspirations, Kunan Poshpora gang rape, human rights issues and atrocities on Kashmiris” before the home minister.
“AIP wants to make it clear that party stands for resolution to Kashmir dispute in its historic perspective and it doesn’t need any sermons what to speak and what not. The incident has exposed New Delhi’s mindset and the world should know that New Delhi has nothing to offer to Kashmiris and that Kashmir is being run directly from New Delhi,” Rasheed said.
“It seems that home minister was made to believe that the people of Kupwara have given up the sentiment and are not interested in talking about Kashmir dispute. However the reality is that Kupwara has suffered the most and there are thousands of orphans, widows and half widows in the district besides it being the ancestral place of victims of Kunan Poshpora,” the independent MLA said.