SRINAGAR: The incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, on Monday rejected the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that there is a “need to find a permanent and lasting solution to the (Kashmir) problem within the framework of the Constitution”.
In a statement issued to press, Shah said J&K is “not a part of India” and the people of the state demand resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per UN resolutions or through tripartite dialogue.
“India has usurped the territory of J&K and is controlling it with military might besides it is denying the people of this State their right to decide their political future,” he said.
Shah said the people of Jammu and Kashmir were not “sacrificing” their lives for any development or employment. “There are 18 resolutions passed in the UN Security Council regarding the dispute, and they have been acknowledged by the world nations. So there is no point resolving this issue within the framework of Indian Constitution,” he said.
Terming the remarks of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as “provocative”, Shah said despite using the “worst kind of oppression” against Kashmiris for the last 70 years, New Delhi was yet to comprehend that the people of Jammu and Kashmir never succumbed to such “state-sponsored brutalities”.
The DFP chairman also condemned Jaitley’s statement in which he pointed towards strict action against the religious leaders and scholars. Shah said the religious class has always played a pivotal role in “freedom movements of the world”.
On Dr Jitendra Singh’s assertion, he said GIlgit or Balochistan “isn’t any issue but Kashmir definitely is”.
Shah reiterated his appeal to people to exhibit steadfastness and continue struggling with the hope that we will succeed in our mission. He also condemned the use of force on people by the government forces.
Meanwhile, a DFP spokesperson expressed grief over the killing of a youth of in old Srinagar.