Talk to top militant commander Burhan Wani: Er Rasheed to government

SRINAGAR: Independent legislator from Jammu and Kashmir’s Langate constituency, Engineer Abdul Rasheed, on Wednesday asked the Indian government to have dialogue with Burhan Wani, the top militant commander in Kashmir.

The legislator was speaking in the state Legislative Assembly this morning amid strong objection by legislators of ruling coalition partner Bharatiya Janata Party.

The legislator asked the government why it could not hold dialogue with Burhan when Pakistan, America and Russia could hold dialogue with militant outfits Al-Qaida and Taliban.

Rasheed said the government of India was “consuming time” in talks to dilute the Kashmir issue. He said the government should discuss every aspect of Kashmir issue in the Assembly, and added that India had a “very weak argument” to defend its case in Kashmir. “It runs away from talks and has given police and army a free hand to kill and control Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Burhan Wani came into limelight last year when he released videos and images of his militant group on social media, wherein he asked young civilians to join militant ranks. He released one more video recently in which he justified killing of policemen and criticized the proposal of establishing separate residential colonies for former army servicemen and migrant Kashmiri Pandits.

The legislator criticized the government’s move to detain family members of active and former militants. “It hardly makes a difference who rules the state, as we are not facing a law and order problem but a stiff resistance from the masses for resolution of Kashmir issue,” he said.

Moreover, Rasheed said that Jammu and Kashmir was a disputed territory and hence no Kashmiri expected any justice from the Indian state.

Moreover, justifying his choice of contesting elections, Rasheed said he would never have contested elections had he “not been subjected to third degree torture by police.” He said he had to sell his property and “pay bribe” to get released.