Srinagar, Mar 05: Independent Lawmaker and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Monday joined AIP’s march in Handwara against Shopian killings and appealed world community to take notice of sufferings of Kashmiris.
A spokesman of his party Awami Ittehad Party said that protesters holding black flags in their hands were chanting anti-army slogans and condemned national media for provoking and sheltering the killers in uniform.
However, a police contingent stopped the march from proceeding towards the main chowk Handwara and Rasheed was taken into custody.
The spokesman added that while talking to media persons on the occasion, Er Rasheed said “The political dispensation in New Delhi has given Army and other security agencies the liberty to kill Kashmiris. It is disgracing that on an occasion when Army repeated its dirty designs in Shopian by killing six innocent Kashmiris, Supreme Court stayed the proceedings against the FIR lodged to look into previous killings.
“There can be nothing shameful than the fact that state government softened its stand in the supreme court today over the FIR issue. While Kashmiris had never hope of getting justice but the stand of state government and the supreme court judgment further strengthened the perception that Indian institutions treat Kashmiris as their enemies and denying them justice is the new narrative of nationalism. The way Indian media is giving cover to the killings is shameful and should be a matter of great concern for all those who want to uphold human rights,” Rasheed added.
Rasheed appealed the international community not to be a mute spectator to the killings in Kashmir and said that those talking of radicalization in Kashmir are in fact trying to divert the attention from the real issues. He said “Army has lost the moral authority to claim to be a well-wisher and pro-people to Kashmiris.
Rasheed said that whatsoever happened in Shopian yesterday evening is enough to understand the ill designs of New Delhi and it is evident that New Delhi wants to control J&K through the barrel of the gun.
“One should not forget the fact that Indian defense Minister Nirmala Sita Raman only yesterday said that there is no question of even discussing revocation of AFSPA and her words seem to have given black sheep in army courage and a reason to murder six more Kashmiris in Shopian,” said Rasheed.