Horrible to see Trump and GoI contradicting each other: Er Rasheed
Srinagar: Urging New Delhi to understand the significance of resolving Kashmir issue, AIP president Er Rasheed has said it was “strange and horrible to see US President Donald Trump and Indian Government contradicting each other” over the former’s Kashmir mediation offer.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Rasheed said that “not only India and Pakistan but entire world community must understand the significance of resolving Kashmir issue and all should accept that people of J&K have a right to live with honour and dignity and their political rights must be accepted”.
Reacting to the Indian Foreign Minister S Jay Shankar’s statement that J&K was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and citing Shimla, Tashkent and Lahore declarations to authenticate the claim, Rasheed said that “In real terms, New Delhi has never moved even an inch towards resolution and the two countries have preferred to forget about sufferings of people of J&K”.
Not only Kashmiris but people of India had a right to know why New Delhi’s stand was “always confusing on Kashmir”, Rasheed said.
He said that on occasions, “New Delhi claims that J&K issue does not exist at all, but when finding itself cornered, it claims J&K to be a bilateral issue”. “The bitter fact is that New Delhi has a history of broken promises and sees Kashmir through colonial mindset,” he said.
Rasheed also lashed out at National opposition parties including Congress for making “hue and cry over Donald Trump’s revelation that PM Modi had desired US mediation”.
Congress, he said, “should not forget that it was Jawahar Lal Nehru who went to United Nations and promised plebiscite time and again even in historic Lal Chowk”.
He also asked Rahul Gandhi to “understand that he will not come to power by opposing every move taken by PM Modi to resolve Kashmir issue”.
While in Kashmir Congress talked of the resolution, “but when Modi visits Lahore, Congress tries to prove itself more ultra-nationalist and anti-Kashmir and anti-Pakistan than BJP” Rasheed said.
“How can Donald Trump be so irresponsible that he would reveal about Modi’s desire asking US to mediate on the resolution of Kashmir issue?” he asked.
“Whatsoever Trump and Modi might have talked, it is the domestic pressure from Congress and other parties forcing the current Government to contradict Donald Trump’s claim,” he added.
Rasheed appealed all political parties at the national level not to make J&K issue part of their larger electoral politics.
He said it was time to understand that Kashmir issue had become more a human problem than anything else as precious lives were getting lost every day.
He also appealed India and Pakistan to “give up ego and understand that dividends of resolving Kashmir issue are much more than fighting each other at various levels and forums”.