‘Yogi Praises Maharaja Who Committed Atrocities on Muslims’

SRINAGAR — MLA Langate and AIP president, Er. Rasheed, Tuesday slammed Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, for his claims that Hindus and Sikhs were safe in Kashmir in Mahara­ja’s rule and afterwards they faced life threats. Rasheed said that Yogi Adityanath was “trying to polarize situation in J&K to strengthen his vote bank in UP.”

In a statement, Er. Rasheed said, “While India claims to be largest democracy in the world, it is laughable that Yogi is not only praising an autocratic ruler who committed huge atrocities on Muslims but is distorting the facts. Of course Hindus were not only safe but a dominant community in the entire state only for the reason that Maharaja was from the minority community and had suppressed the voice of 80% Muslims in entire state. Jammu province then used to be a Mus­lim dominated province and in 1947 with the consent of Maha­raja around five lakh Muslims were butchered and lakhs were forced to migrate to Pakistan, thus the demography of the Jammu region was changed.”

“History has already an­nounced its verdict who is com­munal and Yogi Adityanath has just lied and lowered his stat­ure by trying to put a blame on Muslims”.

Rasheed added that Kash­miris Pandits migrated “of their own will and not only they but thousands of Muslims families from Chinab valley, Pir Panchal region and Kashmir too migrat­ed from their places after 1989.”

He said,“While Kashmiri Pan­dit families were given not only packages, relief and other huge facilities in the entire India, the Muslim migrants are still begging from door to door at various places. No one speaks even a word over the fate of hundreds of families who were forced by security agencies to migrate to other side of LoC in 1989, only because they are Muslims”.

Taking a dig at those “crying” about sufferings of Kashmiri Pandits, Rasheed asked them to explain if Pandits “are in exile how they have been managing to participate in the ongoing lo­cal body elections.”

He added “It is laughable that they are both migrants and so called public representatives, thus exposing their designs. The fact is that they don’t want to come to Kashmir and loose various perks and privileges. If Pandits believe situation is un-conducive for their return how is it conducive for them to par­ticipate in ongoing elections”.

Rasheed asked Adityanath to contact Sikhs of Chati Singhpo­ra and “know their views about the massacre that took place there when US President Bill Clinton visited India.”

He challenged Yogi Aditya­nath to get even such a single Kashmiri Pandith in support of his claim “who had not left the valley and has been residing here with complete harmony and brotherhood with the ma­jority community.’’

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