New Delhi has no political resolution, says Er Rasheed
Srinagar: AwamiItehaad Party (AIP) President and former MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Saturday condemned the ban on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by Muhammad Yasin Malik and slapping of Public Safety Act (PSA) on Dr. Hamid FayazAmeere-e-Jamat-I-Islami.
In a statement issued here, ErRasheed said that “such harsh and suppressive measures will fetch nothing except exposing the fact that New Delhi has no political resolution to Kashmir dispute.”
Interacting with various deputations in Srinagar today, ErRasheed said, “New Delhi needs to be reminded that when Yaseen Malik transformed his movement from armed struggle to political struggle, he did so on the appeal of think tanks and intelligentsia of India and choose Gandhian way to persuade his views. He met then India Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other national leaders and one should not forget that Yaseen Malik completely opted the peaceful means to propagate his agenda.”
He said if New Delhi decides to ban his organization it speaks only arrogance and means New Delhi doesn’t believe in reconciliation nor has anything concrete to offer to people of J&K. “New Delhi must tell what it wants Yaseen Malik to do. The decision of banning JKLF and using suppressive measures will help only those forces who use and believe violence as the only tool to make other side understand its view point,” he added.
Expressing deep anger and anguish over the death of 11-year-old Aatif Ahmad of Hajin during encounter, ErRasheed said that allegations and counter allegations will yield nothing.
“The precious life of Aatif Ahmad could have been saved had both the sides shown some restrain. While militants are morally bound not to use anyone as human shield but the state forces could have saved the precious life of Aatif Ahmad who had nothing to do with what was happening,” he said.
He added that let the Hajin incident be an eye-opener for all the parties to understand that violence will yield nothing and meaningful dialogue is the only way to resolve seventy year long political dispute.
“While Prime Minister NarendraModi’s good wishes to Pakistan on its National Day is a good initiative but the strange side of the story is that prominent Indian citizens participated in Pakistan’s national day celebration at New Delhi and Kashmiris were still not allowed to attend,” he said.
ErRasheed added that New Delhi needs to have a deep introspection to find if its policies are proving counterproductive.