Kashmir Indepth

People of Karnah have a right to live with honor and dignity: Er. Rasheed

Karnah, Jul 03 : Continuing with his public contact campaign AIP President Er. Rasheed interacted with masses at more than a dozen places on third day of his visit to Karnah valley.

While interacting with masses at Kona Gabra, Nawa Gabra, Khowerpara, Bagh Bela, Hajinaar Nichyan and other places Er. Rasheed said that people of Karnah have a right to live a dignified and honored life and depriving them of their fundamental rights should be matter of shame for any government.

Er. Rasheed said “From local issues to measure problems no one cares about the sufferings of masses living on LOC. It is time for administration to change its attitude or people will be forced to shake the conscience of those at the helm of affairs”.

Concluding his three day tour to the valley Er. Rasheed thanked masses for listening him and assured that the struggle to protect and fight for the rights of Karnah will continue and will be taken to logical end. He said “In absence of any horticulture or agriculture sector the youth of Karnah feel highly frustrated. Due to the continuous tension at borders, government has forgotten the tourism sector despite the entire Karnah valley having huge potential. India and Pakistan should at least allow people of border areas to breath with some freedom and should encourage border tourism, so that it creates huge opportunities for the locals to earn their livelihood. It is time for the government to give up excuses and bring Ragni, Taya, Zarla, Shamsbari, Dudi, Jatti and other beautiful places on the tourist map”.

Er. Rasheed added that rather suspecting everyone on either side of LOC governments of India and Pakistan should stop doubting those whose history is older than that of India and Pakistan itself. Er. Rasheed said “While world has moved much forward it is time for New Delhi and Islamabad to recognize the rights of people living on either side of Kashmir across LOC. The least two governments can do is to facilitate people to people contact, allow people to help each other in time of eventualities and allow at least students on two sides of LOC to have educational tours and other related activities”.

He added that both the governments must allow devotees to visit Sharda Peeth Temple, Chatkadi (Tredyaan) shrine and other religious places so that people of either side are able to perform their religious rituals. He said “If national highway can be closed for weeks together to facilitate Amarnath Yatries coming from every nook and corner of India, a corridor can be made for Sikh devotees at Kartarpur, what is the legal and moral authority to bar Kashmiris from offering their rituals and worship on the shrines and other places located in Indian and Pakistani controls Kashmir.

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