SRINAGAR: The chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah on Saturday slammed Delhi-based media for its “biased” reporting on Kashmir while urging the international media and leaders to take serious notice of the Indian army’s excesses in the disputed territory.
In a statement issued here, Shah said a couple of days ago, a youth was tied in an unconscious state to the bonnet of an army jeep as a human shield but the “bigoted Indian media” kept mum over the incident while as the same media raised hue and cry over some youth “manhandling” the paramilitary troopers.
“This shows the rotten mentality of Indian media. Why didn’t it report the two CRPF troopers shooting from point-blank range at a youth and killing of eight youth on April 9?” he said.
“What else is this Delhi-based media doing than orchestrating the media trial? It should bear in mind that the freedom (of even thought) is dearer to us and that we can’t be slaves to materialism,” Shah added.
Shah asked the international media and leaders to take serious notice of the excesses committed by forces in Kashmir. He said people by boycotting elections gave their verdict and now people’s aspirations need to be respected.
“India should understand that Kashmiri youth have now awakened and that all its machinations are bound to fail,” he said.
The DFP chairman hailed the role of resistance camp, youth, intellectuals, and mosque clerics in “puncturing the balloon of the election drama of New Delhi and its collaborators”.
Terming the election boycott as “referendum of freedom from India”, Shah said if New Delhi and its local partners have any doubt about it, they should agree to go for referendum in the state and the results would be acceptable for us.