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Referendum in Kashmir only solution: MLA Rashid

MLA Langate, Sheikh Rashid and chairman Awami Itihad Party on Monday said that New Delhi “has lost moral battle in Kashmir” as people here were extending full support to the militants.

Rashid made the remark during a sit-in at the Residency Road here to protest the killing of four civilians in Shopian yesterday.

Raising pro-plebiscite slogans along with dozens of his party activists, he linked New Delhi with “man-eater.”

“Delhi has lost moral battle in Kashmir. It has realized after eight years that detention of Hurriyat leaders has not weakened the public demand in Kashmir,” he said.

He said that people were extending full support to the militants during gunfights. He added that the remarks of director general of police SP Vaid wherein he had expressed concern over the local youth joini

“Director general of police cannot do anything (good) till there is a political will. A common Kashmiri is being killed so only the Kashmiris know the pain,” he said.

Local youth have constantly joined militant groups since the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016, with most of them going with the largest local militant group HM.

Majority of the militants killed on Sunday also belonged to the same group which fights for Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan.

Rashid said that the only solution to Kashmir issue “is holding a referendum”.

“We demand plebiscite in both parts of Kashmir. Plebiscite is our right and we shall have it,” he said.

He said those making policies on Kashmir in New Delhi either don’t have the proper vision to see the reality or lack the knowledge about the ground situation in Kashmir.

“Bullets and pellets are only meant for Kashmiris. In Indian states, there are also strikes and protests but no use of bullets and pellets,” he said.

He said, “India’s theory of claiming Kashmir as integral part” has been rejected by people of Kashmir from day one.

“New Delhi must work for resolution of Kashmir issue rather than celebrating killings,” he said.

He said that during 2016 unrest, government used to accuse Hurriyat leaders of ruining academic career of students. “Today, same authorities are closing schools and colleges every other day,” he said.

Later, the protestors dispersed off peacefully.


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