Awami Itehad Party chairman Engineer Abdul Rasheed Friday said he will raise the issue of “harassment” meted out to people here by the Army if he is elected as a Parliamentarian.
Urging army, police and civil administration to have mercy on people of Karnah, Rasheed said the government should explain “why every single person cutting across age and gender has to face humiliation and hardship for hours together at Sadhna Top while travelling in or travelling from Karnah.”
He was addressing rallies in Karnah and other areas of Kupwara district on Friday.
Rasheed later told reporters he had an argument with an army officer at Sadhna Top as “dozens of vehicles including an ambulance were ordered to halt in the name of so- called entry and made to suffer for hours together.”
This “humiliation” has been going on for far too long and leads to wastage of people’s precious time besides exposing vehicles to the threat of landslides and avalanches.
Rasheed said he brought the matter in the notice of corps commander after the incident and was assured of abolishing all “unnecessary checks and entries which cause inconvenience to the masses.”
Earlier while addressing a public gathering at Tangdar Er. Rasheed said that if Kartarpur corridor can be opened in Punjab why should Kashmiris be punished by closure of traditional routes between two sides of Kashmir.
He also thanked the people of Karnah for showing “overwhelming response to the pro-people agenda of AIP.”