Denial to remove AFSPA is Delhi’s surrender: Er Rasheed

Srinagar, Mar 21: Terming union government’s revelation that removal of AFSPA is not under the consideration and less lethal weapons will be used in Kashmir to deal with the protesters, independent and MLA Langate Er Rasheed has said that these revelations are the confession of the fact that aggressive and harsh policies of Delhi have failed in Kashmir.
While interacting with people at Hanger Yaripora, Qaimoh and Chadder in Kulgam District on Wednesday, the spokesman quoted Er Rasheed saying that “Delhi should give up its arrogance and understand the basic reality that J&K is not a law and order problem but an internationally recognized dispute which can be solved only by fulfilling the promises made with Kashmiris from time to time.”
He said “Denial of the union government to remove AFSPA or even considering its partial withdrawal is ample proof that Delhi has lost the moral battle and is ruling J&K through the barrel of the gun. There can be nothing shameful than the fact that rather initiating meaningful political dialogue Delhi is projecting a proposal to use less lethal weapons against Kashmiris as a confidence-building measure”.
Er Rasheed reiterated that talks with all stakeholders especially militant groups are the only way forward to bring back peace in the entire sub-continent. He said the claims of Delhi to teach Pakistan a lesson at the borders has proved a cruel joke as the guns at the borders are roaring from both sides and innocent Kashmiris are getting killed for none of their faults.
Meanwhile, Rasheed visited the family of Javid Ahmad Bhat at Qaimoh, who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail for none of his faults. He while expressing sympathy with the family said that Javid should be released without subjecting his family further to mental torture.