SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) on Sunday organised a programme to commemorate the 31 years of incarceration (from time to time) of its chairperson Shabir Ahmad Shah, who is currently languishing in Delhi’s Tihal jail since July 2017.
A statement issued here said the event was presided over by JKDFP secretary general Moulana Mohammad Abdullah Tari.
A book ‘Haq-e-Khud Iraadiyat Ke Naqeeb – Shabir Shah Ki Aseeri Ke 31 Saal Mukamal’ was also released on the occasion.
The speakers during the programme said, “An ideology is identified by the persons it is being followed and preached by. Shabir Shah has become (an) icon of the ongoing freedom struggle for fearlessly advocating right to self-determination of the people of the disputed region.”
They said the ideology of freedom which was adopted by Shabir Shah in his youthful days is being honestly followed by him till date at the age of 64. “The result is that imperialistic powers always find an excuse to put him behind bars. The man, who has chosen the path of struggle as his way of living, is steadfastly writing a new history of political resistance. Presently, when Shabir Shah has completed 31 years of incarceration, he is undergoing solitary confinement in a small cell of Tihar jail Delhi with an open commode in it.”
The party reiterated the political stance of Shabir Shah that “Kashmir is a political and humanitarian dispute which must be resolved taking into consideration its political and historic aspects and the will of its people. This is the only way out to end the ongoing bloodshed in the disputed region and confrontation between the two nuclear neighbours of the region”.
“We are not frightened or terrified of the illegal and illogical imprisonment of our leader but in fact are concerned about his falling health. The frontline leader of the freedom struggle is suffering from many serious ailments in the jail. We repeatedly cautioned the authorities in New Delhi and their local agents to provide suitable medical facilities to our leader whose life is otherwise in danger due to the ailments.
The irony is that despite repeated directions from the judiciary as well, the jail authorities did not provide him the necessary medical facilities which Shabir Shah needs urgently. This attitude of authorities has not only diminished the Indian judiciary but also revealed the ill intentions of New Delhi and its local collaborators about Shabir Shah. We feel it is (time for) human rights organisations to act now.”
The party said that taking into consideration the falling health of Shabir Shah, it has decided to issue health bulletins about the incarcerated leader twice a month.
JKDFP saluted all those incarcerated leaders along with Shabir Shah, activists and common people who are languishing in different jails since long only for their political stance about Kashmir dispute.
“Since none of the allegations against them including Shabir Shah has been proved so far, so we call their continuous incarceration as political vendetta,” the party said.
It also saluted the “unmatched resistance” and sacrifices of the “brave hearts” who are sacrificing their lives in the way of freedom.