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Don’t use sports, education as tool to divert attention: Er Rasheed to New Delhi

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Asks Army, other forces not to poke nose, politicize sports events

Langate: AwamiItehaad Party (AIP) president, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Thursday said asked New Delhi not to use sports and education as a tool to divert attention from the political dispute of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a statement issued here, ErRasheed was addressing a gathering on the occasion of final match of Langate Premier League at AudooraLangate today in which a huge gathering of locals was witnessed.
ErRasheed urged New Delhi not to use sports and education as a tool to divert attention from the political dispute of J&K.
Speaking at the award distribution ceremony, ErRasheed said, “Kashmiri youth doesn’t lack talent but for the want of genuine opportunities they often make to fail it at the international level.”
“Unfortunately, Indian media and other agencies get often indulged in taking credit whenever sports stars like ParvezRasool, AbidNabi, ManzoorPandav, Rasik Salam, MehrajVadoo, Tajamul-Islam and many others make their entrance at National and International level. It is none of the business of Army, JK police and other security agencies to poke their nose and politicize the sports events and use them to defend New Delhi’s weak stand on Jammu & Kashmir,” he said.
He said those who kill and blind Kashmiris should first change their attitude and understand that Kashmiris are fighting for their indigenous rights and are not criminals.
AIP president said Langate Premier League is an indigenous event and its purpose is to give opportunities to the youth to compete and display their talent.
“The purpose of starting Langate Premier League and likewise events is aimed to give the message louder and clear that youth of Kashmir cannot be used like cannon fodder to mislead the world community as it is the youth suffering at all fronts but still New Delhi trying to use their participation in sports and education related activities to give a notion that Kashmiri youth are fed up with the voices seeking resolution to Kashmir dispute,” he said.
ErRasheed urged youth to concentrate on studies and also announced free quality coaching through Joint Effort Trust (JET) for the class 12th student of entire area.
“In an era of competition every Kashmiri needs to discharge his duties towards the society and we cannot compromise on education at any cost. While elders should fight for political rights there should be no doubt to the fact that the place of youth is in colleges and universities. Though taking to streets becomes sometimes a compulsion but there should be no compromise on providing and ensuring best education for our coming generation,” he said.

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