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Er Rashid offers to join JRL
SRINAGAR, Aug 10: Independent legislator from Langate Assembly constituency, Er Sheikh Abdul Rashid today offered to join ‘Joint Resistance Leadership’ (JRL) on common grounds.

“I welcome Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s statement in which he has extended invitation to mainstream politicians to join Joint Resistance leadership. I voluntarily offer my merger into Hurriyat on common grounds,” said Rashid addressing media persons here.

He said that he will be meeting with all separatist and mainstream leaders including that of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and NC President Dr Farooq Abdullah.

“Since efforts are on to abrogate Article 35 (A) we want the nation to be united on this front, if Geelani wants my merger into Hurriyat I would really love to join him on common grounds. We will chalk out modalities first and see what is common between us,” Rashid said, adding that his PRO had gone to meet Mirwaiz but was not allowed to enter inside his residence by the police.

When asked about resigning from assembly he said: “Why should I leave the seat. If I need to do so I will love to do that. If speaking truth amounts to being anti-national yes I am an anti-national then.”

He said that he is not against India or its sovereignty but whatever Kashmir has been experiencing is due to Jawaharlal Nehru and Narendra Modi.

Rashid who represents Lolab assembly constituency said that relevance of Hurriyat is ‘intact’ and whosoever thinks they have become irrelevant is living in fool’s paradise.

“I am seriously ready to work under Geelani’s watchmen as I want this movement to move forward. Even if Geelani sahib changes his stance in future, I will stick on Right to Self Determination,” said he.

He said since the voice against tinkering with Article 35 (A) goes shriller it is the collective responsibility of every political party to stand united to safeguard special rights conferred to the state.

Rashid said that India cannot abrogate Article 35 (A) but since there is pressure on it from every side she wants take people to defensive side.

News Updated at : Friday, August 11, 2017
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