Er. Rasheed responds to Amit Shah’s speech in the parliament
Srinagar, 28 June: Reacting sharply to Home Minister Amit Shah’s speech in the parliament, calling Article 370 a temporary provision, AIP President Er. Rasheed has said that of course Article 370 is a temporary provision in the constitution of India so is the accession between J&K and Union of India temporary and conditional. Addressing party workers at Sonwar Srinagar today Er. Rasheed said “By dragging Article 370 every time BJP and the Union Government is insulting India’s own constitution. Creating a false narrative is distortion of facts. Mr. Amit Shah should explain circumstances under which Article 370 was introduced in the constitution of India. Of course Article 370 must go for being a temporary provision but to do that first fate of J&K is to be decided through an impartial plebiscite. If people decide a total merger with Indian Union through a plebiscite then everyone including Mr. Amit Shah can treat and define J&K like other Indian states”. Er. Rasheed added that it is not Kashmiris but New Delhi that has always disrespected the terms and conditions between J&K and Union of India. Er. Rasheed said “it is strange that on hand successive Union Governments eroded and snatched constitutional guarantees given to Kashmiris and on the other hand New Delhi broke down every promise made with Kashmiris from UN to Tashkand and from Shimla to Agra. The fact is that New Delhi has a history of broken promises and it has nothing to offer concrete to people of J&K to fulfill their aspirations and sacrifices”. Er. Rasheed asked New Delhi not to celebrate or undermine the talk offer made by Huriyat and reiterated that it is not only Huriyat or few individuals but every single Kashmiri on both the sides of LOC who wants a permanent resolution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and promises made with them from time to time. Others who spoke on the occasion included party district president Srinagar Mohd Maqbool Beigh and Showkat Ahmad Zargar.