Stating that people of Chenab Valley and Pir Panjal region have always supported the democratic process, Awami Itehad Party chief and MLA Langate, Sheikh Abdul Rashid has said that government treated the twin regions 'unfairly.'
"Despite their full support to democratic processes from time to time, the people of Chenab Valley and Pir Panjal region lack even very basic amenities of life. People have right to know that if government could offer huge packages for infrastructure in Ladakh and Jammu regions, why couldn't it start work on Kishtwar-Vailoo tunnel," Rashid said while addressing a public meeting in Kishtwar today.
"The Dulhasti Power Project has yielded nothing for people of Kishtwar and the miserable condition of roads seeks hundreds of answers from those politicians who claim to be warriors of Chenab Valley but have only used the masses as vote bank and tools of exploitation. The situation in far flung areas like Dachen, Padder, Wadwan and Marwah speaks of miserable stories of people there," Rashid added.
He supported the demand of establishing one of the institutions among IIT, IIM and AIIMS at a centrally located place in Chenab Valley. Meanwhile, Rashid asked government to control the goons who have been attacking Muslim drivers in Jammu region most recently at Nandni and Nagrota.
"Police and civil administration have been watching the situation like mute spectators," he alleged.
Taking a dig at BJP, Rashid asked the party to shun its communal agenda 'without creating further divisions between communities.'
Rashid said, "We don't seek resolution on communal lines of an internationally recognised political dispute. Let the mainstream parties including NC, PDP, Congress and BJP not forget that it is these parties that have cultivated communalism from time to time only to strengthen their vote bank in Jammu region."
He hailed youth of Kishtwar for 'foiling designs of Sangh Parivar to create communal tension in the area.'