Kashmiris Entitled To Cross LoC Freely: MLA Rasheed

Kashmiris Entitled To Cross LoC Freely: MLA Rasheed

3 April 2013
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Independent MLA En Rasheed on Wednesday clashed again with Jammu members who wanted the state government’s militant rehabilitation policy scrapped. The legislator from Langate termed the Line of Control between the two parts of Kashmir as “a bloody line cut across the corpses of Kashmiris” and said that crossing it was no crime. “Those who get killed while crossing it become martyrs,” he said. Rasheed turned vehement after BJP and Panthers Party members raised a big hue-and-cry that the rehabilitation policy was a threat to national security. “Militants who want to return home and surrender under the policy are a threat to national security. The issue must be given serious thought,” Jammu-based members, whose adjournment motion for a discussion on the rehab policy was turned down by the speaker, said. The Langate MLA retaliated by charging the BJP and Panthers Party members of communalising “every issue.” Jammu-based members kicked up a louder din, and Rasheed gave as good as he got, from the well. “Kashmiris are not only being made fools of but also insulted by this so-called rehabilitation policy,” he said. “The policy is mere deception,” he said. “The government is not sincere about it.” “It is a nefarious ploy to overcome Pakistan with respect to the resistance movement going on in Kashmir,” he said. “The plot has been exposed by the arrest of Liaquat Ali Shah by the Delhi police,” he said. “The government wants to convey an impression that Kashmiris are willing to bury the Kashmir issue and are begging for their life,” he said. “The state and central governments may fool some people for some time, but they cannot negate history,” he said. “The line dividing Kashmir has neither been accepted as a border by the world, nor have Kashmiris ever deemed it anything more than a temporary demarcation drawn on the pretext of ceasefire,” he said. “The people of Kashmir call the LoC a bloody line, and have full rights to cross it without seeking permission from any government,” he said. “To kill anyone for crossing the LoC is a violation of international law,” he said. “Those who are killed while crossing it are martyrs,” he said. “The state and the central governments must initiate serious dialogue with Kashmiris and Pakistan without wasting time on duping and exploiting the people of Kashmir,” he said.