SRINAGAR: The representatives of various Kashmiri pro-freedom parties in United Kingdom (UK) have decided to approach the international human rights organisations including the World Human Rights Forum and Amnesty International against the continuous police detention of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah.
A DFP spokesperson in a statement issued here said Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders in United Kingdom organised a meeting in Luton city of the country wherein they condemned the Indian authorities for keeping Shah’s under continuous police detention “without providing any reason of arrest”.
“The leaders paid tribute to Shabir Ahmad Shah for his efforts, dedication, and determination towards Kashmir’s freedom struggle. It was decided that a committee comprising of DFP’s UK representative Advocate Ershad Malik, President Jammu Kashmir Liberation League Dr Misfar Hassan, and Haji Hussain will approach international organisations particularly the World Human Rights Forum to seek Shah’s release. A joint letter will also be written to Amnesty International and other human rights organisations in this regard,” the spokesperson said.
He said the leaders highlighted Shah’s sacrifices towards the freedom movement of Kashmir. “Since he was arrested at the age of 14, the ‘Jail Bird’ Shabir Ahmad Shah has proven his mettle. He has rejected the highest offers by the government of India. It is astonishing that a leader of international reputation is lodged in a police station without being provided any reason. His health condition is deteriorating and we must approach the human rights forums in this regard,” the leaders said.
Those who addressed the meeting include JKLF-UK president Sabir Gul, JKLF general secretary Taqdeer Gilani, Jammu Kashmir Freedom Movement vice-president, Councilor Waheed Akbar of Luton, Ex-Mayor of Luton Reyaz Bhat, National Awami Party ex-president Advocate Sadiq Subhani, JK Liberation League general secretary Barrister Ashraf Mughul, Chowdhary Tufail Khosa, Gul Bahar, Najeeb Ansari, Chowdhary Zaffar Iqbal, Liaqat Lone, Saood Hussain Salah, Reyaz Raza, and Shahrukh Ali of Gligit.