Governor Must Take Responsibility of Pulwama Civilian Killings: Er Rasheed

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SRINAGAR — Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) President, Er Rasheed, on Tuesday said that the Governor, Satya Pal Malik, should take the responsibility for the civilian killings in Pulwama.

Cautioning New Delhi about “misleading” world community over killings and use of excesses by forces in Kashmir, Er Rasheed said that New Delhi should not “forget that in the era of Information technology it cannot hide its brutalities towards Kashmiris.” He said this while addressing a presser in Srinagar, after being released from detention.

Rasheed said that the way Army chief, Bipin Rawat, “has been threatening Kashmiris and trying to ‘abuse’ everyone who dares to speak against ‘barbarism’, he is simply lowering his stature and it would be good in the interests of army as an institution to feel ashamed for the killings rather finding excuses.”

“By asking Kashmiris not to drag army into politics General Bipin Rawat is forgetting the Himalayan fact that it is not Kashmiris but New Delhi which has been dragging army into politics by trying to give a military solution to the seventy years long pending political dispute,” Rasheed said.

He said that the call given by various political parties to hold a  “sit-in” outside Army Headquarters at Badami Bagh was an “absolutely justified and most civilized way to protest against the Pulwama killings.” “Rawat should tell us that was he expecting Kashmiris to shower flowers on those who killed unarmed civilians in Pulwama,” Rasheed said, adding that “it  was strange that on one hand from Bipin Rawat to Home Minister and Satya Pal Malik to K Vijay Kumar everyone is justifying the killings by putting the blame on the deceased and calling every stone pelter OGW of militants but on the other  had each of them is condemning the incident asking for inquiries and showing sympathy with the families of those killed in Pulwama.”

“The fake inquiries and condolences are itself confession of guilt,” Rasheed said.

He said K. Vijay Kumar, an advisor who is incharge of law and order, needs to be told that he is not dealing with “sandalwood smugglers” and there are no “Veerappans” in Kashmir, whom he should eliminate easily.

Justifying the protest calls and shutdowns  by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), Rasheed “criticized those forces who are always denouncing pro-resistance groups.”

“Those who have no business but to accuse JRL and others of hitting to streets and calling strikes, should come out with alternative plans and make people follow them rather create unnecessary confusions.”

 

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