MLA Rasheed detained during protest over Kulgam killings

MLA Rasheed detained during protest over Kulgam killings
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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday detained independent lawmaker Er Rasheed during a protest in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district against the civilian and militant killings in the valley.

Scores of Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) activists led by Er Rasheed today assembled in the main town Handwara and staged a demonstration against the Kulgam killings, a party spokesman said. When the protesters tried to match to the main chowk, a police team intercepted Langate MLA and took him into the custody. He was shifted to police station Handwara, the spokesman said.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, the independent legislator said that Kashmiris were not enemies of peace but cannot surrender their legitimate rights.

“It is shameful that rather taking permanent measures to resolve Kashmir dispute forever, New Delhi and its proxies are busy in distorting the facts and accusing Kashmiris who are the worst victims of state terrorism. Whatsoever happened in Kulgam should be condemned by all and there is no excuse to justify these killings,” Rasheed, according to the statement said.

Rasheed urged political parties not to disgrace the people further and make out a joint strategy to save Kashmir from further bloodbath.

“It is failure of the political leadership that New Delhi is enjoying our killings and political parties are strengthening their vote bank from Srinagar to New Delhi over dead bodies of Kashmiris,” he said.

The lawmaker accused the Jammu and Kashmir police of forgetting its basic duties and doing worst to its own people.

“Someday the local cops may realize that all what they are doing is shameful but till then it may be too late and the gap between masses and the local cops may become unbridgeable,” he said.

“The local cops will have to give up arrogance and understand that J&K dispute is not about silencing Kashmiris through the barrel of the gun but a political dispute that needs a political resolution through Right to Self Determination,” he added.