Er. Rasheed to contest from North Kashmir and Zubair Masoodi from South Kashmir
Srinagar, 22 March: Awami Ittihad Party got a big boost today as many prominent personalities joined the party in Srinagar. Those who joined included Former Deputy Secretary Legislative Council Nazir Ahmed Moon, NC Prominent figure from Baramulla Mohammad Rafiq Bhat and Social and Political activist from Rafiabad Mohammad Ameen War. Dr Bari Naik assistant professor and renowned Social activist from Homshalibugh, Zubair Masoodi a renowned political and social activist from Pampore, Dr. Zahoor a scholar and social activist from Sonwar, Advocate Bilal Sultan a social activist from Batmaloo and Syed Waseem a prominent social activist from Srinagar formally joined AIP at an overcrowded press conference held in Srinagar today. On the occasion Er. Rasheed said that though every party approached AIP for seeking the support in the Parliamentary elections, but no understanding could be reached with any one of them for the reason that they were not ready to support AIP’s stand on various crucial issues. As such AIP which has been representing the sentiments and aspirations of people could not support any of the parties responsible for most of the miseries of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Er Rashid said “Keeping all circumstances in mind party has decided to field Ab. Rayees Rather from Jammu Udhampur parliamentary Constituency, Shahzad Shabnum Deewan from Punch Rajori, Zubair Masoodi from South Kashmir and Er. Rasheed from North Kashmir parliamentary constituency and the party may take a decision about other Parliamentary segments soon”. Appealing masses to support AIP Er Rashid said “People living in every nook and corner of State are aware of the fact that during last ten years AIP has never taken sides and has stood like a rock against all odds to represent and protect the sentiments and rights of people of State cutting across religious, regional and ethnic affiliations. While NC, PDP and PC are representing New Delhi in Kashmir, AIP has always represented Kashmir in every forum, everywhere without being apologetic or without compromising the truth. While other parties have huge resources, backing of State machinery, AIP’s only strength is its commitment towards people and its performance of last ten years which the party cadres have displayed not only in streets but at the floor of the Assembly”. Er Rashid while appealing masses to vote for AIP said that it is not the question of AIP’s winning elections but a real test to the wisdom, sincerity, political maturity and psyche of masses who have always valued high the efforts of AIP to fight for rights of deprived masses”.