New Delhi creating ‘ridiculous situation’ in Kashmir: Shah

Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahamd Shah on Friday said that the New Delhi is trying to create a ridiculous situation in the state.

In a statement issued here, Shah termed the statement of Union External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj on Kashmir as ‘arrogant’.

He said that on the one hand New Delhi talks about dialogue with Pakistan and on other side is repeating the rhetoric on the disputed status of Jammu Kashmir thereby creating a ridiculous situation in the state.

“If Sushma Swaraj terms Jammu Kashmir as integral part of India, then on what basis is New Delhi going to talk to Islamabad. And if J&K is a disputed territory, then why is India scared of taking all the stakeholders on board or the intervention of third country like China (to resolve the issue),” Shah said.

He said that if New Delhi’s “integral part” remark is final, it gives ample proof that India is reluctant to talk on Kashmir and is responsible for converting the subcontinent a ‘war zone’.

The DFP chief said such contradictory statements by Indian leadership reveals their weak stand on Kashmir issue.

“The fact is that India has no justification for occupying J&K through military might. For the last 70 years, the people of the state have been demanding the right to decide their future as was given to 550 small states during the partition of India,” he said.

Shah said India by trashing all the ethics and values occupied Jammu and Kashmir through military invasion. He suggested Indian leaders to read history and realize how they are escalating tensions in South Asia by denying the reality.

“New Delhi should read the writing on the wall and bear in mind that oppression and suppression won’t stop us from demanding freedom from India. Such tactics strengthen our resolve,” he said.

Shah said India’s foreign office spokesperson Gopal Baglay by linking Kashmir with terrorism has not only denied the reality but also tried to give up a cover to atrocities committed by Indian forces’ on the people of the state.

Meanwhile, Shabir Ahmad Shah talked over phone to the family of a youth Aaqib Gul who was martyred in Radpora, Budgam, and told them that “we’re committed to their mission of freedom and will continue our struggle till we achieve our goal”.

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