NC must affiliate itself with popular sentiment: Er Rasheed | KNO

Says ‘Autonomy an out dated formula’
NC must affiliate itself with popular sentiment: Er Rasheed | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, December 21 (KNO) : Appealing NC president Dr. Farooq Abdullah to show consistency and sincerity, AIP President Er Rasheed on Friday said that restoration of Autonomy cannot be a permanent solution to the seventy yearlong internationally recognized dispute, which has claimed more than five lac lives since 1947. In a statement issued to KNO, Er Rasheed while reacting to Farooq Abdullah’s claim that NC will give regional Autonomy to all regions within a month if voted to power, said, “NC has every right to ask for restoration of autonomy but neither New Delhi nor NC itself has shown the seriousness over the issue from time to time.” “At a time when New Delhi is keen bent to snatch even the shroud of Autonomy and burry its naked mortal remains, stressing for Autonomy restoration simply means diluting Kashmir cause and disrespecting sacrifices of Kashmiris,” he said. He said it is New Delhi not Kashmiris that has disrespected the instrument of temporary accession as such the entire blame lies on New Delhi which has a history of broken promises. “Any resolution needs to involve all the three parties and only UN resolution provides the ground for an amicable settlement,” he added. “NC should not forget that it has failed to restore Autonomy after contesting elections in 1996 and no one other than Farooq knows better that New Delhi is not interested or sincere in finding any resolution and wants to control Kashmiris through the barrel of the gun. We need not to forget that even if Autonomy is restored in its original form, entire J&K including the part under Pakistan’s control and Gilgit Baltistan will still remain a dispute territory,” he said. Er Rasheed urged NC leadership not to stress for Autonomy and must affiliate itself with the popular and genuine sentiments of people of J&K. “Autonomy even if restored cannot be an alternative to UN resolutions and Kashmiris are not seeking anything that endangers national interest and integrity of India, as it is New Delhi that took the case to UN,” he added. “Dr. Farooq needs to be reminded that after giving up the demand for plebiscite NC leadership unfortunately failed to restore autonomy first in 1975 and then against in 1996 and the Autonomy as a resolution stands out dated as on date. If party couldn’t restore the autonomy since last 43 years, how could it do in a month,” he added. Er Rasheed while appealing NC leadership not to play vote bank politics said that party should not repeat the mistakes of stabbing Kashmiris from behind and must not get indulged in any such politics that would add to confusions and dilute the necessity of resolving internationally recognized dispute in its historic perspective.(KNO)