MLA Rashid opposes Centre’s package for Kashmiri Pandits

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SRINAGAR: Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rashid Thursday asked Union and state governments to “wind up the industry” established for “so-called rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits” and appealed Kashmiri leaders of all thoughts to “give-up their personal agendas and egos to protect the rights of Muslim majority community”.

Addressing party workers at Sopore Town Hall, Rashid “condemned Union government” for providing three thousand jobs and six thousand residential quarters to “these self-styled migrants”, a party statement said this evening.

“It were the Kashmiri Muslims who suffered worst at the hands of state and non-state actors. Their children were deprived of education due to turmoil and used as human shields in encounters and were subjected to forced labour for more than 15 years. These Kashmiri Pandits didn’t care about Kashmir which they have been calling Matrebumi and do forget that from Ikhwani to NC workers and from police personnel to informers of security agencies, it were Kashmiri Muslims who despite being hated by huge majority of Kashmiris for their acts, fought and sacrificed their lives for upholding Indian Flag in Kashmir. It is Kashmiri Muslims and people of Chenab and Pir Panchal regions who deserve the packages for their unbelievable sufferings but Union government are provoking them by treating Kashmiri Pandits like very important citizens.”

Rashid alleged that the act is purely to “reduce the supremacy of Muslims community in the administration which is already under threat after RSS sponsored government has taken over in the state, as it has started removing Muslim officers from prestigious postings in civil secretariat and Jammu region”.

“How can these Pandits still be called migrants if they will serve in a place where from they claim to have been forced for migration?” he asked appealing political parties, Bar Association, trade and other organisations to “discharge their duties and fight to get IIT and IIM for Kashmir and stop New Delhi from changing the nomenclature of bureaucracy and administration by rewarding Pandits with Job packages”.

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