Srinagar: AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er Rasheed today revealed that he would never have contested elections had he not been subjected to third degree torture by police in 2006 in Cargo and at other places and forced him to sell property to pay bribe to get released.
In his speech in State Assembly today, Er Rasheed stressed that if Pakistan, America and Russia can talk to Al-Qaida and Taliban, why can’t GOI talk to people like Burhan?
He challenged BJP to discuss every angle and aspect of Kashmir issue in the Assembly but added that since India has a very weak argument to defend its case in Kashmir, so it runs away from talks and has given police and army a free hand to kill and control J&K all over the state.
Er Rasheed said, “We strongly believe J&K is a political issue and we don’t want a communal solution but it is New Delhi that is forcing us to think on communal lines, as we are facing discrimination at all levels.”
Asking government to explain why Massrat Alam is being slapped with a series of PSAs and why Khan Sopori’s residential house is not being freed from police control, he said the government should answer if it had suspended eight government employees on charges of sedition in Kupwara and now they have been reinstated thus proven beyond doubt that they were innocent.
“Why shouldn’t government tender apology to those employees. Government has itself damaged its credibility by not punishing killers of Handwara, those of Gowhar Nazir of HMT or those of Abdul Gani Naikoo of Kapran,” he said.
“We can feel the pain of families of policemen but why you keep mum when police and army kill innocents and get appreciation rather being punished. I was not only beaten in Assembly but from Baderwah to Rajouri and Delhi to Sunderbani you attacked me everywhere and even debarred me from attending social functions in Jammu region,” he said. (PTK)