50-hour long protest wake up call for government: Rashid

IRFAN RASHID

Srinagar:

Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rashid termed 50 hour long sit-in as a “wake up call” for the state and central governments for ending the “discrimination” with Kashmir.
A 50 Hour long sit-in held for seeking IIT, IIM and IIMC for Kashmir, by Awami Itihad Party (AIP) concluded Wednesday in front of Civil Secretariat at around 12:30 PM.
Soon after ending his Sit-in, MLA Langate Er Rashid held a protest march against the killing of 23-year-old Bilal Ahmad, an “innocent” civilian in Pulwama area of south Kashmir allegedly by BSF.
Rashid, along with his hundreds of supporters, marched from civil secretariat to SHRC office and submitted a petition seeking probe in the matter.
On final day of the sit-in people from different corners of the valley joined the sit-in and reiterated their full support to the genuine cause.
At the conclusion of the sit-in, Er Rashid while talking to media persons said we will hold consultations with trade, transport, social and other religious organizations to come out with a joint strategy.
He said that 50 hour sit-in was a wakeup call for every Kashmiri to rise to the occasion and start an organized peaceful struggle for the rights of the Kashmiri people. “The response shown by people from every corner is encouraging.”
He thanked all those organizations and individuals who participated in the sit-in and offered their support to the noble cause.
Er Rashid asked Central Government to agree to the genuine demand of establishing IIT, IIM and IIMC in Kashmir or be prepared to face a mass public movement and agitation from Karnah to Qazigund.
“Basic and fundamental rights of Kashmiris cannot be denied only because Kashmiris genuinely fight for resolution of Kashmir Dispute. There is no harm in seeking better facilities and institutions for the State despite the fact that J&K is a disputed territory. Those arguing that seeking IIT, IIM and IIMC and other benefits for Kashmiris are irrelevant issues unless Kashmir issue is resolved, have a very weak argument to defend,” said MLA Langate.
“As one needs to remember that Central government is utilizing our all resources and has full control over these resources. If GoI doesn’t shun arrogant attitude towards Kashmiris, let every Kashmiri cutting across political and other affiliations prepare himself for a decisive mass movement to make Delhi understand what Kashmiris want.”
Er Rashid said that before announcing further course of action over the issue we will hold consultation with civil society, student leaders, trade organizations, religious personalities and lawyers at district level “so that a joint strategy is evolved”.
He also strongly condemned the brutality of border security forces at Malangpora Pulwama where 23 year old Bilal Ah Bhat was allegedly martyred due to bullets of BSF.
He rejected the probe announced by the government for investigating killing of Pulwama boy, and said: “These government sponsored and government controlled so called probes have yielded  nothing except giving exit to the killers to run away from justice and added that the only way to bring normalcy is to resolve Kashmir issue through UN Resolutions.”
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