SRINAGAR: Strongly reacting against the senior BJP leader and NDA government’s vice-presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu’s “threatening” remarks, Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday said the claims of J&K being India’s integral part are not just “baseless” but also reveal India’s “expansionist designs”.
Naidu on Sunday said Kashmir is an integral part of India and not an “inch” of it will be ceded to the neighbouring country. He also said Pakistan should recall what happened in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
In a statement, Shah said threatening neighbouring nations reveals New Delhi’s mindset and “stubbornness”. “The nations India is targeting are more advanced than it in nuclear technology and, God forbid, if any war takes place, it will destroy everything and alter the geography of some nations,” he said.
He said Indian leaders can issue such statements on other states not on Jammu Kashmir which is a “disputed” territory awaiting resolution. “Such statements carry no weight and (are) tantamount to adding fuel to fire,” he said.
Asserting that dialogue is the only way to resolve issues, Shah said, “Those hell bent on resolving disputes through force should bear in mind that since 1971, the scenario of world politics and balance of power has entirely (shifted). It has been clear now that India had conspired against Pakistan and played a crucial role in dividing it.”
“Since BJP has come to power in India, it is issuing threats to neighbours including China but fails to overcome the poverty as more than half of India’s population lives under below poverty line and are homeless while as Delhi spends major portion of its budget on defence procurement. It is dreaming of annexing the whole world,” Shah said.
The DFP chairman said Kashmiris are fighting for their birth right to self-determination and world nations are committed to support those fighting against the “illegal occupations”.
Shah appealed to China, Russia, US, Iran, and EU to interfere in Kashmir dispute. “We welcome mediation offer on Kashmir from every nation,” he said.