SRINAGAR: Vice President of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) and former APHC convener Mehmood Ahmed Saghar on Wednesday strongly denounced the “illegal” detention of party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and other resistance leaders.
Shah was arrested Tuesday evening and was taken to New Delhi on Wednesday in connection with a 12-year-old case.
In a statement, Sagahr said Indian authorities since long have been using arrests and house detentions as a weapon of war to cow down the (spirit of) pro-freedom leaders besides suppressing the voice of dissent in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The so-called NIA that is entirely working on whims and fancies of New Delhi has been assigned the task to malign Kashmiri leaders just to tarnish their public image besides sowing the seeds of discord among the masses in Kashmir,” he said.
Saghar said since Indian authorities have “miserably failed” to suppress Kashmiris’ legitimate struggle, its secret agencies have “orchestrated a new plot whereby a state-sponsored vilification campaign to demonise pro-freedom leaders was going on unabated”
He said Indian secret agencies were hatching conspiracies to “demean and debase” the pro-freedom leadership by involving them in “fabricated” cases.
Saghar said Shabir Ahmad Shah has spent more than half of his life in Indian jails and such tactics would not deter Shah and other Hurriyat leaders from pursuing the collective cause for which the people of Kashmir have rendered huge sacrifices.
He said India must bear in mind the fact that Kashmiris could not be cowed down or coerced into submission. “Shabir Ahmad Shah’s life (is) like an open book and by resorting to such vengeful tactics, authorities can’t cow down the pro-freedom leader’s spirit and resolve.”
Terming Indian authorities actions as a “flagrant violation of basic human rights”, Saghar said, “India that keeps harping on high values of democracy must realise the fact that choking space for political dissent and depriving people of their fundamental human rights was against the true spirit of democracy and in contravention of international law.”