Srinagar, August 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Rasheed has said that Kashmiris should send a message to New Delhi that Article 35-A is their right but not final destination.

Engineer Rasheed in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Our final destination is plebiscite which is the only way to forward.”

He said India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru and United Nations have promised people of Kashmir the right to self-determination which is yet to be fulfilled. “There will be serious consequences if Indian government will try to tinker with the Article 35-A,” he said.

He said protecting 35-A cannot be ignored. He said: “Muslims in Jammu are living under continued fear and threat from communal forces. From past 15 days the whole region has turned into anti-Muslims hub.”

He said Talib Hussain has been arrested under a deep-rooted conspiracy by the RSS-sponsored communal forces and demanded all cases against Talib be withdrawn immediately.

Rasheed said communal forces have clear agenda to dilute the case of minor girl who was brutally raped and murdered by a group of men in Kathua district of Jammu early this year. “In around 15 places in Jammu region alone Gujjars have been threatened by communal elements, which is very unfortunate. Jammu police have become mute spectators over these issues and have turned deaf ears towards the issue, he said.

Rasheed also demanded probe into Murfad Shah’s case, who was killed outside Farooq Abdullah’s residence in Jammu and Gool cattle trader who was killed in Army firing in village Koli in Sumar area of Ramban district.


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