Says Government has miserably failed jail returnees,
Langate 23 March: Reacting sharply to Governments so called surrender policy on militants AIP Supremo and MLA Langate Er. Rashid has said that government seems to be completely confused how to deal with the situation in J & K. While addressing various meetings in Langate today Er. Rashid said, “Kashmiris are peace loving and want a permanent resolution to the Political dispute. As New Delhi has miserably failed them since 1947, Youth were forced to take up arms in 1989. One has every right to differ with those who take up arms but needs to understand that nobody has taken up gun in his hands to make financial gains or get monetary benefits from government against making surrender. Militancy is of course never a solution but the continuous denial of New Delhi to initiate meaningful dialogue is the main reason of violence and militancy in Kashmir. Had only money been the reason then hundreds of security forces would never have committed suicide as they have been getting huge salaries, perks and privileges from their organizations. By offering militants surrender against rupees six lacs is simply an insult to the resistance movement and speaks volumes of New Delhi’s arrogance. Nobody on earth can compensate loss of human lives and nor do those who have taken up arms in their hands want to loose their budding lives but seeing not even a slight ray of hope even at the end of dark tunnel pushes Youth to violence and their families are forced to suffer till they are alive”. Er Rashid appealed New Delhi that rather offering cosmetic measures and perks to militants it must offer unconditional talks to United Jihad Council. He said, “The only way to bring back peace is to resolve 70 years long dispute in light of its historic perspective. Once New Delhi shows willingness and offers talks to UJC, guns will automatically turn silent and stop roaring. Government needs not to forget the fate of those militants who gave up arms for one reason or the other. Those who came via Nepal or are jail returns have been facing worst everyday at the hands of various agencies. Their self respect and ego is being hurt on and often. As such it makes no sense for more than enough reasons to offer packages and it will be in the interests of all concerned parties not to humiliate militants by making monetary offers but talk to those who brought Kashmir dispute on the international focus”.