SRINAGAR: Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday expressed satisfaction over the statement of Pakistani President, foreign minister, and country’s envoy Abdul Basit regarding Kashmir. He also urged the Pakistani leadership to increase its endeavours for winning the confidence of European Union, OIC, and world nations in this regard.
In a statement issued to press, Shah appealed people to strengthen the Hurriyat Conference saying only a strong platform can take the freedom movement to its logical end. He said the people of Jammu Kashmir have not sacrificed their lives for material gains but for the right to self-determination.
“We are not concerned of who is in power but are committed to our struggle for freedom,” he said.
Hailing Pakistan for its political, moral, and diplomatic support, Shah expressed hope that the country continues such efforts till Kashmir issue reaches its logical conclusion. “Pakistan must seek the assistance of European Union, OIC, and other world powers in pressurising India to stop the grave human rights violations taking place in the occupied state and resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute,” he said.
DFP chairman said, “When we talk of ongoing freedom movement, we mean the pre-1947 position of the state and demand the right to self-determination to all regions and religions of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, and Azad Kashmir are a single entity and we will never allow the division of state in the name of region, religion, and language.”
Shah also condemned the recent civilian killings in north Kashmir saying that to kill Kashmiri youth has become a pastime for Indian occupational forces. He also rejected the so-called probe announced by government into the killings which he said “is done only to shield the killers”.
Commenting on the political prisoners languishing in state and Indian jails, Shah said they are the “ambassadors of our freedom movement and we are indebted to their sacrifices”.
Shah appealed the world human rights organisations to visit the Kashmiri political prisoners in jails and take note of their plight. He also paid tributes to youth who are sacrificing their lives for the freedom of nation.