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Ban on FAT affiliated schools discriminatory: Sajad Lone

Govt must involve local stakeholders to find lasting solution to present challenges

Post by on Thursday, June 16, 2022

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Srinagar, June 15: Peoples’ Conference (PC) president SajadGani Lone Wednesday said that the ban on Falah-e-Aam (FAT) affiliated schools is discriminatory.

‘’Selectively cracking down on institutions which have religious affiliations is grossly unfair and unjust. The administration must understand that J&K is an overwhelmingly Muslim majority state. They cannot possibly ban every institution because they have a bias against the Muslims. It seems that they are intentionally targeting the Kashmiris for petty electoral gains in the rest of the country,” he said.

He was addressing a gathering of party members and workers on the occasion of the joining ceremony of new members, a party statement said.

Sajad said that the woes of the common masses on the ground are mounting with each passing day and that the administration needs to go beyond the rhetoric and make sincere efforts to engage the people of J&K for a lasting solution to the present challenges.

‘’The situation is tense and there is palpable fear. There is a feeling of violence being pervasive. We have seen these phases in the past as well, however, there is a certain aloofness with which the current administration is being identified. Their utterances are overtly muscular. They may unintentionally be weakening the resolve of the general masses by virtue of an administrative discourse that seems to be anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmiri. The rulers and the ruled would have to live on the same planet for a cohesive response to the challenges faced by the people of J&K,” he added.

Sajad maintained that the worst thing that the administration can do is to go on pretending that everything is hunky dory since August 5, 2019.

‘’The biggest problem we are facing today is that it is a people-less fight. The administration needs to get off the high horse and talk to people who have been around for decades. The people of Kashmir who have fought and sacrificed their lives in the last 3 decades are nowhere. There is this belief that in order to be an expert on Kashmir, you have to be a non-Kashmiri. It has to change. In order to counter violence government must involve local stakeholders, who have been at the forefront of this fight in the last 3 decades,” he added.

While responding to a question on the remarks by the former BJP spokespersons, on the Prophet and Islam, Sajad said that the remarks made by BJP spokespeople are absolutely shameful and reprehensible.

‘’It is unfortunate that the BJP is sensitive to the criticism by the Arab countries while completely ignoring the sentiments of the Muslims living in India,” he said.



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