Intelligence agencies scuttled APM: Er Rashid

‘Won’t Give Up LA Seat’


Srinagar, Feb 18: Independent MLA Engineer Rashid Monday accused the mainstream parties of staying away from a meeting called by him to chalk out joint strategy for getting back the body of Muhammad Afzal Guru. Rashid, however, refused to quit as a member of the Legislative Assembly (LA) to ‘protest the hanging of Guru.’
He said the mainstream parties stayed away from his proposed All Party Meeting (APM) as they were asked by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to do so.
“IB officials called the leaders of mainstream parties late last night and asked them to refrain from the all party meet convened by me,” Rashid revealed at the press conference at his official residence at Jawahar Nagar here.
“Nasir Aslam Wani assured me of support and told me that it is a nice move. MY Tarigami and Hakeem Yasin also assured me that they will join. I had sent invitation to DPM, ANC, HCBA and Sajad Lone. But at the end none turned up,” he said.
Bailing out Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rashid said they sought more time to arrive at some consensus on the issue. “Everyone has given the lame excuses. But only PDP wants a broad consensus over the issue and sought time of few more days. Even if the initiate anything on the issue, I am ready to join them,” Rashid said.
However, putting all speculations to rest about his resignation, Rashid maintained that he will not resign from the state assembly and will bring resolutions in the House where he will “expose the mainstream parties.”
“I will fight till my last breath and I am not going to resign from my post as I know there are many talents in Kashmir who don’t have any platform to say anything but I am having one so I won’t leave this chance to help my people,” he maintained.
Rashid said he has already submitted four resolutions in the assembly which will be moved in the coming assembly session as ‘test dose’, “I submitted four resolutions on 12 Feb. These pertain to; bringing body of Afzal Guru back to Kashmir, to bring back body of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, to announce unilateral ceasefire with United Jihad Council (UJC) on the pattern of Naga militants and to abolish capital punishment.”
A day before NC spokesperson, Tanvir Sadiq had chided Rashid and said that ‘Where were they when he needed a lawyer? Guru would have been perhaps alive, if he would have got a good lawyer,” the NC spokesman had said.
In his defense Er Rashid on Monday said he is himself is a victim of “state terror” and had been charged with same charges on which Afzal Guru was hanged. “Tanvir Sadiq should be ashamed that I was myself a victim of state terror. My charges and Afzal’s charges were same.”
Rashid said he will now consult pro-freedom groups for bringing back body of Afzal. “I will go to the door of Geelani Sahab, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Sahab and beg before them for some concrete plan for the return of Afzal’s body,” he said.
He also supported the protest calendar of Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and added that he would have called for indefinite shutdown. “But I am not the leader of that stature whom people will listen.”
Calling the recent rumors about return of Afzal’s body in Kashmir as state manufactured, Rashid said, “This rumor was to checkmate the reaction of Kashmiris. I have apprehension that they may bring his body someday and bury him during night secretly.  But let me tell them that every Kashmiri is now a stakeholder for Afzal cause.”

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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