Srinagar: Reacting to the Home Minister P Chidambaram’s remarks that there is Lashkar hand in on going public outrage in the Valley, MLA Langate S A Rasheed said that this sort of aggressive and irrational attitude of the Indian leaders will not only add fuel to the fire but further aggravates the peoples’ anger.
He said; at a time when whole Kashmiri is mourning the death of about a dozen of children and youth, such aggressive statements from New Delhi add insult to injury.
“Let Government of India be clear. Does it mean that those kids who got killed in military and police action, belong to Lashker-e-Taiba?” he mentioned in a statement.
Rasheed said that the high level meeting led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss Kashmir situation was expected to show some sympathy with the families of those civilians who were killed. “But ironically the outcome of the meeting suggested that Delhi is yet to come out of its stagnated mindset and continues to treat Kashmir as a law and order problem.”
He said that government of India talks about the political process in Jammu & Kashmir only when innocents’ blood spills on Kashmir streets and once some tourists are seen on the banks of Dal Lake, from Army General to Prime Minister everybody claims there is absolute normalcy in Kashmir.
“It’s unfortunate that everything that happens in Kashmir, Government of India sees Pakistani hand in it, which tantamount to ignoring the ground realities of Kashmir,” he said adding that unless issue of Kashmir is not resolved on the basis of justice and reconciliation, by taking into consideration aspirations of people of J&K, and a dialogue with militants, the ground situation will not change in Kashmir.
“The state is being run at gun point and whole valley has turned into a big prison and population taken hostage by the stiff hand of the government. Deployment of army and imposition of curfew will never resolve the problem,” he maintained.
MLA Langate expressed his deep anguish over the role of Indian print & electronic media saying that baring a few media outlets, most of them are portraying unrealistic image of the prevailing situation.