MLA Starts 50-Hr Protest to Press for IIT, IIM for Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Independent Lawmaker Er Rashid Monday started his 50-hour long sit-in in front of civil secretariat to press for his demand of AIIMS, IIT and IIM for Kashmir.

Rashid flanked by his activists holding banners “End Discrimination” alleged that the government was discriminating against the valley as “it has announced an AIIMS for Jammu at par with the valley”.

Rashid said that there should be no delay in honouring the aspirations of the Valley people after Jammu people’s demand vis-a-vis AIIMS was respected.

Head of Awami Itihad Party (AIP) said: “Kashmiris are always being treated as beggars and second class citizens by New Delhi and the political and social leadership of Kashmiris need to rise above personnel interests to tell New Delhi that you can’t always take us for granted”. 

If Government of India could easily agree to demand of Jammu people for AIIMS, IIM and IIT how could it treat the larger province of Kashmir which includes Ladakh also differently?,” MLA questioned.

“It is high time that Kashmiri leaders must unite and fight for the genuine rights of

Rashid today accused the Mufti Sayeed government for “lowering the dignity of state assembly” and asked the Chief Minister to introspect on why Pakistan denied an invitation to the assembly speaker.

“The Indian state and our assembly should think for itself that we have lowered the dignity of the assembly. When this assembly hasn’t ever talked on Kashmir issue, then not just Pakistan, no one would take this assembly seriously,” he told reporters at a rally here.

The MLA was reacting to Pakistan’s denial of an invitation to Jammu and Kashmir assembly speaker for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union in Islamabad.

He said the successive governments in the state and the Centre had lowered the dignity of the House.

“When autonomy resolution was brought in the assembly, it was rejected. A resolution on (parliament attack convict who was hanged in 2013) Afzal Guru was rejected. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu assembly brought a resolution (on Rajiv Gandhi’s killers) and got it passed.

“From (former chief minister) Farooq Abdullah to (present chief minister) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, all have a hand in lowering the dignity of this assembly,” he said.

Rashid asked Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to introspect rather than blame Pakistan for their line of thinking on the state assembly.

“The (ruling) PDP, which is feeling the heat over Pakistan’s denial of an invitation to J-K speaker, should first introspect. We do not need Pakistan’s certificate, but it is a reality that you (government) yourselves have lowered the dignity of the assembly,” the legislator said.

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