Rashid again: ‘Crossing LoC no offence’

‘Legally, J&K is a disputed territory’


Jammu, Apr 3: MLA Langate Er Abdur Rashid Wednesday had a heated argument with Jammu-based MLAs in the Legislative Assembly who were protesting against the government’s rehabilitation policy for former militants.
Rashid argued that “crossing LoC is not an offence or crime as Kashmiris do not accept this Line of Control and call it as Khooni Lakeer that has been drawn over their bodies.”
“LoC is just a ceasefire line and not an international border. The entire Jammu and Kashmir is legally a disputed territory,” Rashid said.
He said that Kashmiris have a right to cross the LoC without taking permission from governments of either sides and as such “any Kashmiri who got killed while crossing the LoC is a martyr and those who kill them do violate the international law.”
He asked the Panthers Party MLAs to “ask their conscience if they were agitating over a genuine issue.” “They should not deny the fact that they have themselves got an ex-militant elected as MLC,” he shouted.
This resulted in heated arguments and counter arguments. Er Rashid came to Well of the House and alleged that Jammu-based MLAs are “communalizing every issue.”
He asked central and state government that they should “not humiliate and befool Kashmiris in the name of so-called surrender or rehabilitation policy as this policy is just eyewash and is not based on sincerity.” “It is an organized but ill-designed plan to score points over Pakistan and ongoing resistance movement in Kashmir,” he said.
Er Rashid said Liyaqat Shah’s arrest in New Delhi exposes “this whole plan and a notion is being given as if Kashmiri militants are begging for surrender and want Kashmir issue to be buried.”
He urged the governments to “stop exploiting Kashmiri youth and initiate meaningful dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmiris leaders for the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute.”
Rashid also lodged strong protest in the Legislative Assembly against the “carelessness of an executing agency” that resulted in collapse of an existing Masjid close to Assembly Complex in Jammu. He demanded stern action against those “responsible for this shameful act.”
“It is strange that there is a temple adjacent to the secretariat premises where people can offer prayers but the government is making excuses to allow the other community to offer prayers in a Masjid in the same premises,” he said. 

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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