Govt must facilitate return of families forced to migrate to PaK, Rasheed tells interlocutor Sharma

Says there is no alternative to Plebiscite

Expresses displeasure over harassing of militants’ families

Srinagar: Independent Langate lawmaker and Chief of Awami Ittehad Party, Er Rasheed on Wednesday appealed to New Delhi to give up “arrogance and unrealistic attitude” and understand that there are no shortcuts to resolve Jammu & Kashmir dispute and the only respectable, dignified and universally accepted way to find a solution is Right to Self Determination.

After meeting the Government of India appointed “special interlocutor” Daneshwar Sharma Rasheed in a statement said, that he reiterated that confusion whatsoever lies in New Delhi not among Kashmiris and it is for New Delhi to decide whether it wants to resolve Kashmir dispute once for all, for the durable peace and prosperity in the entire subcontinent.

Rasheed, according to the statement, made it clear to Sharma that without including all stakeholders, including Pakistan and militant leadership, in the talks nothing can be achieved.

“While even kids and eighty years old veterans are being booked under draconian laws, Kashmiris have a right to know why they were subjected to forced labour for one and a half decade in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir including Bandipora, Langate, Kupwara and Uri at the hands of security forces and why do those wearing uniform go unpunished every time, despite committing heinous crimes in Jammu & Kashmir.”

He also said that humiliating Kashmiris, pressurizing them by using NIA and ED as tools to suppress their genuine voices and denying human rights to people of J&K will complicate the problem further.

Rasheed asked Sharma: “If New Delhi neither wants to implement UN resolution nor is it interested in tripartite talks, where does the solution lie. New Delhi must make it public what is the solution it has to offer to the other two parties, if it doesn’t believe in UN resolutions.”

“Seeking plebiscite doesn’t necessarily mean that people of J&K want to be part of Pakistan. If New Delhi sincerely believes people of J&K are its own people and has made huge investments from 1947 till date for the welfare and prosperity of people of Jammu and Kashmir, then it must not run away from plebiscite,” Rasheed told Sharma.

“Govt of India must also facilitate the honorable return of hundreds of those families who were forced to migrate to Pakistan and PaK in Karnah, Karen, Gurez, Uri, Rajouri, Ponch and other districts. It is unfortunate that nobody speaks for them and whole India is worried about Kashmiri Pandits. The fate of Jail returns is much miserable and the so called rehabilitation policy of ex-militants has proved a disaster,” he said.

Rasheed also expressed deep displeasure over harassing the militants’ families and vandalizing the properties of their families and kiths and kins. He also demanded unconditional release of political prisoners including Masrat Alam, Aasia Indrabi, Qasim Faktoo and many others languished in various jails since long time. “People of the state are least bothered who rules the state and said that whether BJP or NC or even Huriyat rules the state it does not make a difference unless Kashmir issue is resolved.”

He reiterated that people of J&K have not sacrificed for restoration of Autonomy and those talking Autonomy as a permanent solution are living in a fool’s paradise.

He added if autonomy had been the solution then why it was snatched by New Delhi by gradually making constitutional erosion.

Rasheed also conveyed to the interlocutor that without getting a permanent resolution that must involve militant leadership, Pakistan, political leadership of J&K, and New Delhi, no permanent peace can be even dreamed in the region, however to achieve that the main political parties in New Delhi especially BJP and Congress have to find a common ground and restrain from using Kashmir issue as a vote bank card.


(With inputs from CNS)

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