Rasheed Seeks Akhtar’s Resignation Over Media Gag

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Srinagar: Independent MLA from Langate and Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) chief, Er Rasheed Tuesday demanded resignation from the government spokesperson and Education Minister, Naeem Akhtar for the government’s decision to enforce a ban on the publication of newspapers.

“The contradiction between statements of advisor to the Chief Minister Amitabh Matoo and Nayeem Akhtar regarding blocking publication of newspapers has exposed the immoral and unethical face of government,” Rasheed said “Ironically rather taking action against Nayeem Akhtar for his unwanted dictates government made SP Budgam an escape-goat.”

Er Rasheed added that the colonial attitude of Indian state got exposed when it allowed selective TV Channels to put a manufactured version of the story from various parts of valley but forced the local print media to stop their publications.

Addressing media persons, Rasheed said that atrocities of the state have touched the worst heights and said that while Rajnath Singh was claiming in the Parliament that Kashmiris are our own people, the army didn’t hesitate to kill even women and children in Qazigund.

He added that while army has regretted the loss of life but it cannot get the lives back and army is regret amounts to confession of the murder. 

He lashed out at Congress and BJP and accused them of using blood of Kashmiris to retain and regain power in New Delhi by misleading Indian masses in the name of so called national interest.

 “Not only that security forces have been given a free hand to kill Kashmiris by bullets, pellet guns and by continued strict curfew, but now even life saving drugs are being removed from hospitals under a well crafted plan,” he said. “The ego and arrogance has reached a level where New Delhi seems to have decided not to even give a damn to Kashmiris and force them to surrender, but the history has proven time and again that the draconian moves to suppress the victims have always failed universally.”

He said the fact is that when Congress was ruling in the Centre, it did nothing to resolve Kashmir dispute due to the fear that BJP may exploit it among Indian masses and now when BJP is ruling in the Centre, Congress is doing the same what BJP did in the past, thus both these parties are busy in playing a dirty politics over the enormous sufferings of Kashmiris.

Rasheed repeated his demand to hold talks with militant leadership and other stakeholders and said that whatsoever he has been pleading and preaching in and outside Assembly during last 8 years has been proven right beyond doubt.

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