Kashmiris being attacked outside Kashmir because of their religion, identity: Er Rasheed | KNO

Kashmiris being attacked outside Kashmir because of their religion, identity: Er Rasheed | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, February 14 (KNO) : Reacting sharply to the assault on Kashmiri students in Raipor Chhattisgarh, AIP President Er Rasheed on Thursday said that the only reason Kashmiris get attacked everywhere is because of they being Kashmiris and Muslims. In a statement issued to KNO, Er Rasheed said, “Being a Muslim or a Kashmiri has become a crime in India and there is no guarantee to safety if a Kashmiri travels outside his native place and travelling even to Jammu has become an issue for them.” “When Kashmiris get attacked outside the concern governments and the security agencies often downplay the incidents and without giving a damn to the complaints of Kashmiris, authorities every time try to distort the facts, but when similar incident takes place in Kashmir, even unintentionally, from National Media to politicians everyone makes hue and cry,” he said. He said helpline created by state government and other measures claimed to have been taken for the welfare of Kashmiris students studying outside Kashmir have proved nothing except false hopes and Kashmiris continue to suffer at the hands of Hindu radical elements. “Someone may like it or not but the fact is that Kashmiris students and businessmen get attacked everywhere because of their religion as humiliating and harming Kashmiris is becoming like a core pillar or ultra-nationalism,” he said. He said it is horrible that radical organizations in Jammu are protesting even against nominal FIR filed against those who pelted stones on stranded Kashmiri passengers. Er Rasheed added government doesn’t allow opening of good institutions in Kashmir and thus Kashmiris students have no option but to be like second class citizens in various Indian cities. “Government must come out with white paper to tell that how many educational, professional and technical institutions in public and private sector are working in J&K and what is the number of same institutions in other states. There are dozens of applications pending before government for starting universities, colleges, training institutes and other professional and technical colleges in the state but government blocks the permission one way or the other,” he said. Er Rasheed while demanding stern action against those who attached Bandipora students in Raipor asked state government to collect information and get status of cases regarding attacks on Kashmiris in various places outside India updated, so that the facts come out and one is able to know that how the goons are being given free hand to harm Kashmiris and the FIR’s lodged against them are being thrown to dustbin. While expressing solidarity with the families of children who got injured in a mysterious blast in Pulwama, he demanded an impartial probe to find out the real mystery behind the painful incident.(KNO)