Srinagar: Hitting out hard at Indian cricketers Gutam Ghambir and Virinder Sehwag for their threatening and objectionable comments towards Kashmiris, Er Rasheed has asked the Indian cricketers to introspect and answer if they have ever condemned any incident of ‘state terrorism or atrocities’ on unarmed Kashmiris.
While addressing a function organised at Gurdawara Singhpora on eve of Baisakhi on Friday, Er Rasheed appealed all minorities in India and Kashmir to ‘wake up’ as the “radical right wing Hindu forces have created a war like situation for the minorities.”
Er Rasheed in a statement to CNS said, “Before claiming J&K to be India’s Integral part and asking Kashmiris to go to Pakistan, both the cricketers need to understand that J&K is not an international cricket match between India and Pakistan, but a human tragedy and an internationally recognised dispute between India and Pakistan.” And, “If the celebrities are so concerned about slapping or pelting a stone on a government forces personnel they must first speak for those blooming cricketers like Nayeem from Handwara, who was often nick named as Kashmir’s Sachin Tendulkar but were silenced forever by the ruthless bullets of those forces whom Sehwag, Gambhir and others are praising.”
It also added, “Let Sehwag, Gambhir and others answer why were small kids including Tufail Matoo and those playing cricket were butchered with bullets in Dudipora Handwara, Bangergund and other places by the forces despite the fact that they were not holding stones but bat and ball in their blooming hands. Let both the international Cricket stars visit Kashmir and see the brutal face of so called security forces who have blinded hundreds of minor kids and all this goes unnoticed due to media gag in Kashmir and biased behaviour of so called national media”.
Er Rasheed has also hit out at Farooq Abdullah for his u-turn and claiming that a section of stone pelters is being paid by security agencies, thus as usual changing his stance and proving yet again that he can say anything for political gains.
Er Rasheed has dared Farooq Abdullah to resign if he gets elected by securing just negligible percentage of votes. “If he is sincere to Kashmiris, he must do so to inform world community that by securing around 3 percent votes nobody can claim people’s representative.” (CNS)