SRINAGAR: Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday said that “Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, and Azad Kashmir are a single entity” and that division of Jammu and Kashmir “will never be allowed”.
In a statement issued here, Shah said, “When we talk of the ongoing freedom movement, we mean the pre-1947 position of the state and demand the right to self-determination for all regions. We will never allow the J&K’s division on regional, religious, or linguistic lines.”
He appealed people to strengthen the Hurriyat Conference saying only a strong platform can take the ongoing movement to its logical end. “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.
Shah also expressed “satisfaction” over the statement of Pakistani political leadership regarding Kashmir while urging it to “increase its endeavours towards winning the confidence of European Union, OIC, and world nations vis-a-vis Kashmir”.
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 this occupied state and resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute,” he said.
Condemning the recent civilian killings in north Kashmir, DFP chairman said that “to kill Kashmiri youth has become a pastime for Indian occupational forces”. He also rejected the government announced probe into the killings which he said “is done only to shield the killers”.
Over 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”. “The world human rights organisations must visit the Kashmiri political prisoners in jails and take note of their plight,” he said.