Srinagar: Asking New Delhi to understand that whosoever goes against the popular sentiments of Kashmiris will repent sooner than later, former lawmaker Er Rasheed has said that though Mehbooba Mufti’s apology for her milk and toffee remarks may not bring precious lives back but it has send a strong message to all those who are busy day and night to break will of Kashmiris who are fighting for right to self-determination.
In a statement Rasheed said: “Mehbooba Mufti has every right to seek apology for her misleading, insulting and ill-intended remarks, but her apology should open eyes of New Delhi. Had late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah been alive he too would have sought unconditional apology from Kashmiris for his surrender in 1975 and calling his 22 years struggle a political wandering.”
“It is people’s will, sacrifices and indigenous cause that has compelled Mehbooba Mufti to apologize and surrender her ego. Her words may not bring precious lives back but carry a huge message for all politicians, men in uniform especially those cops of J&K police who feel no shame in justifying killings and committing atrocities on Kashmiris”.
Rasheed while reacting to Mehbooba Mufti’s apology saying “I still apologize if anyone was hurt by her milk and toffee remark. what else I can do”, asked her that that lest she can do is to take a pledge that she will not dilute the Kashmir cause by talking about so called self-rule formula and will rather seek a resolution to Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions.
Rasheed asked Mehbooba Mufti not to repeat every time about Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy and termed all those statements praising Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy as misleading and confusing, for the reason that Vajpayee never talked about a realistic resolution to the internationally recognized dispute