MLA Blasts Parikar Over ‘Bizarre’ Remarks

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SRINAGAR: Independent lawmaker Engineer Rashid has sharply reacted to Defence Minister Manohar Parikar’s “bizarre remarks” that demonetization of twin currency notes has stopped stone pelting in Kashmir.

“By passing such pity remarks, he has tried to mislead the masses in India,” Rashid said. “Whatsoever is happening at the streets of Kashmir is indigenous and an outcome of history of long broken promises, Government of India has made with people of J&K from time to time.”

“Parikar should know that no one would risk his life for a five hundred rupee note and raise slogans everyday at the streets of Kashmir,” the lawmaker said, insisting, “The current turmoil has become extension of already existing industry for police and other security agencies to grab money from innocents by booking them in fake FIR’s and forcing poor people to sell properties to pay huge bribes to police to get their innocents released.”

Engineer Rashid said that had people in Kashmiri been pelting stones for Rs 500, All Party Delegation members would not gave gone to the doors of separatists and BJP leader Ram Madav would not have promised moons.

“By connecting mass apprising in Kashmir with cancellation of currency notes, Parikar or someone else cannot divert attention from the real issues India is facing, nor can defame the resistance movement in J&K,” Engineer insisted.

“In the last few days after PM’s daring move, there hasn’t been stone pelting on security forces,” Defence Minister Parikar had said earlier in the day. “Earlier, there were rates: Rs 500 for stone pelting (on forces in Kashmir) and Rs 1,000 for doing something else. PM has brought terror funding to zero. I congratulate PM for it.”

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