Why cannot Kashmiris get justice if politicians like Sachin Kumar can be convicted for their role in anti-Sikh riots………Er. Rasheed

Seeks release of Zahoor Ahmad Pir currently lodged in Tihar Jail.

Kupwara 27 January: Rich tributes were paid to martyrs of 27 January 1994 massacre at a function organized in Kupwara by Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) during a daylong seminar. On the occasion speakers denounced New Delhi for its continuous denial of justice to Kashmiris. Renowned writer, poet and educationist Mr. Gh. Rasool Dardpori presided over the function and people in large numbers from Kupwara and adjoining areas participated in the programme.

Those who spoke on the occasion included Dr. Nazir Ahmad Mir, Ashraf Charag, Firdous Baba, Molvi Shabir, Advocate Noor-ul-Shahbaz and Mir. Gh. Rasool Dardpori. Speakers in one voice reiterated that people of Kupwara have offered huge sacrifices and cannot forget them. Speaking on the occasion AIP President Er. Rasheed said that sacrifices are our assets and no one will be allowed to disrespect them.

He said “Let New Delhi answer if those including veteran congress leader Sachin Kumar could be punished by Indian courts for their role in anti-Sikh riots, what stops the same judiciary when it comes to Kashmir. New Delhi by denying justice to Kashmiris has yet again proved that J&K is not its integral part. The doors of justice are closed for Kashmiris everywhere.

While two innocent youth from Handwara namely Nazir Ahmad Pir and Zahoor Ahmad Pir are lodged in Tihar jail for none of their fault since last two years, the irony is that court is denying bail to Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Pir despite his father Habibullah Pir, a renowned teacher of village Muqam Yehama, suffered a stroke and unfortunately passed away at SMHS this afternoon.

Delaying his bail by NIA court is not justified. One has a right to ask if film actor Sanjay Dutt and Lalu Yadev can be released on pay role despite being convicted why cannot Zahoor Ahmad Pir be released”. Er. Rasheed further added that New Delhi is giving impunity to everyone in uniform who has carried murders and those officers involved in Kupwara massacre were rewarded with promotions without feeling any shame in doing so.

Er. Rasheed later attended the funeral of late Habibullah Pir and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. On the occasion Er. Rasheed sought unconditional release of Zahoor Ahmad Pir and his cousin Nazir Ahmad Pir on humanitarian grounds and said that neither NIA nor court have found anything against them.