Resolve Kashmir, end militancy: Er Rasheed over Guv’s remarks
Kupwara: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and former Langate legislator, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Thursday reiterated that Kashmiris are against all sorts of violence, asking New Delhi and security establishments to put an end to militancy by resolving the Kashmir issue once for all.
In a statement issued here, Er Rasheed said that contradiction between claims being made by police and governor over killing of militants is quite imminent. “While Governor Satpal Malik claims that he feels pained by killing of militants and militancy cannot be eliminated by killing militants but security agencies are not only celebrating the killings but have claimed that Baramulla district has become militancy free,” he said.
“Kashmiris need peace than anyone else and are against death and destruction but as Governor has rightly said that militancy comes from the brain, as such the claims made by police regarding making Baramulla militancy free carry no meaning. Those claiming Baramulla to be militancy free now are misleading New Delhi for their pity interests without realizing that counting dead bodies triggers more violence and motivates people to join armed struggle,” he said.
He added that police needs to be reminded that it had declared south Kashmir too militancy free few years back but what has been happening in south Kashmir since last few years is not hidden to anyone.
“While Army has been on and often claiming that whosoever goes near encounter sites or participates in funerals of militants is a militant, going by that definition every Kashmiri should be a militant in the books of security agencies,” he said.
Er Rasheed added that while Governor Malik in first part of his statement confesses the truth but again contradicts his statement in the same breath by praising security forces for killing militants.
“Let there be no doubt that no one including militants would want to lose their lives, but the circumstances and New Delhi’s constant betrayal has made Kashmir a battle field, where some are enjoying deaths and others are mourning funerals,” he said.
He said Governor must collect the courage and tell Prime Minister the same thing what he has been observing on the ground and should make it clear to New Delhi that there is no military solution to seventy year long political problem, whose nature has been accepted by the entire world community including India and Pakistan at the United Nations.
Er Rasheed added while Governor is technically right that police and security agencies are performing their professional duties by killing militants but both security agencies and the political establishment in New Delhi should realize that the issue is not killing militants but resolving J&K dispute forever so that no one even thinks of joining any militant or underground organization.