SRINAGAR Peoples United Front (PUF) led by AIP president Er Rasheed started 3-day sit-in near Civil Secretariat Srinagar on Tuesday to press for providing tunnel connectivity to Gurez and Karnah without further delay.
Talking to media persons, Er Rasheed said the people of Karnah, Gurez and other border areas have a right to live with honour and dignity.
Karnah and Gurez need tunnel not LoC shelling, bofors guns, arms and ammunition. It is disgraceful that despite praising people of the border areas every time and using their innocence and sincerity for national gains, New Delhi has been doing worst to them, he said.
He said every year precious lives are lost and the areas remain cut off for months together in bad weathers.
While people on the other side of the LoC have better roads and other basic amenities, unfortunately the people from our side are living a miserable life, AIP president said.
Government must wake up and listen to the sufferings of the people of Gurez and Karnah, Er Rasheed said.
The sit-in is aimed at not only asking the Union government to take notice of miseries and misfortunes of the people of border areas but let the entire people of J&K wake up and speak for people of Karnah and Gurez, he said.
Er Rasheed appealed Governor S P Malik to prove your claims of good governance and take up the issue with Union government for an early approval of the much needed tunnels at Nastachun Gali (Sadhna Top) and Razdan Top for Karnah and Gurez respectively.
He also lashed out at national media saying if Karnah and Gurez fetch headlines in hours of tension at borders, why couldnt the sufferings of Karnah and Gurez become a headline or night hour debate for these national TV channels.