Incident Eye-opener For Non-violence Preachers: Kashmir Politician

Incident Eye-opener For Non-violence Preachers: Kashmir Politician

29 December 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: MLA Langate Engineer Rasheed Saturday condemned firing on civilians in Pulwama and said that the incident was an eye-opener for those who were giving Kashmiris sermons of peace and non-violence. In a statement issued here today, Rasheed said that use of force against civilian protestors cannot be justified by saying that they were pelting stones. “The argument that some miscreants provoked troops and that they were rendered option-less to open fire does not hold good,” he said. Rasheed said IGP Kashmir Shiv Murari Sahai’s confession that use of force could have been avoided emphasizes need to take stern action against those who were always in search of opportunity to quest their thirst with human blood. Rejecting the magisterial probe into the incident, he said that the word probe had become a symbol of joke, cheating and denial in Kashmir. Rasheed said hundreds of probes and commissions had yielded nothing except facilitating in shielding the barbaric incidents and helping brutal black sheep among troops and administration to buy time to bury these incidents. He questioned the government that except Bedi Commission where the lone purpose was to give. Chief Minister Omer Abdullah and his colleagues a clean chit in Syed Yousuf’s murder case, how many commissions had completed inquiries they were supposed to complete. He said that the collation government should ask its conscience that if it had a right to continue in office when it could not give Sadak, Pani and Bijli or protect the life and property of its people. “Chief Minister Omer Abudullah had asked Government of India just few days back that it should seek his help in controlling stone-pelting in New Delhi but he must realize and understand Delhi is not Kashmir where you can fire upon people holding stones in their hands and troops have a license to kill not to protect and enjoy impunity,” Rasheed said. He said he expects the chief minister would learn a lesson from the Pulwama incident and try to have a comparative analysis between Delhi stone-pelting and Pulwama stone-pelting incident and apologize for disproportionate use of force when it comes to Kashmir. “Those who claim and project killing of militants and their commanders from Sopore to Pulwama and elsewhere as huge success are living in fool’s paradise and will have to realize that killing humans whosoever cannot ever be justified without the solution to a political problem,” Rasheed said. “Anybody having a human heart should not in any case celebrate the deaths despite the fact who gets killed and why. Indian policy makers and those who are at the helm of affairs should answer people of India that if they are killing terrorists in Kashmir then why people come out in thousands to mourn their killings. Should it be assumed that all Kashmiris are terrorists?” He said: “If killing militants will have been a solution to the problem then situation in J&K should have returned to normalcy many years back when politicians and Generals claimed that they had eliminated militants. It is high time for them to make a difference between eliminating militants and overcoming militancy.” Rasheed asked New Delhi not to mislead its own people but come with a firm and a sincere commitment and a will to resolve the political dispute of Jammu and Kashmir. “The best way is to invite militant leadership for meaningful talks rather then trying to eliminate them which is never going to happen unless Kashmir dispute is resolved,” he said.