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Shaheed Maqbool Bhatt (RA) and Shaheed Afzal Guru (RA) ‘immortal’ heroes of Kashmiris: Shabir Shah

Srinagar, Feb 5 :Terming Shaheed Muhammad Maqbool Bhatt (RA) and Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru (RA) as “immortal” heroes of the Kashmir’s freedom movement, the incarcerated Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah on Friday said these martyrs gave a new direction to the freedom struggle and rose up as heroes for the Kashmiri youths.Shabir Ahmad Shah, in a statement issued to press, also supported the shutdown call given by the pro-freedom leadership on February 9 and 11 which mark the martyrdom anniversaries of these leaders. “We observe the February 9 and 11 as ‘Youm-e-Tajdeed-e-Ehad’ (Rejuvenation of the pledge) and we are committed to complete the mission of our revered martyrs,” Shah said. Reiterating the demand of return of the mortal remains of both martyrs, Shah said, “India must bear in mind that no law in the world justifies

 

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Srinagar 05 January, 2016: DFP workers chanting pro-freedom slogans demanding UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir to settle the long-pending dispute amicably

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harboring any enmity towards the slain and to return the mortal remains to families is a moral responsibility levied upon it." conclusion. Paying tributes to Shaheed Afzal Guru (RA), Shah said though he (Afzal) was hanged without his family being informed about the same his martyrdom made him eternal. “Today, each and every child of Kashmir takes the names of Shaheed Maqbool Bhatt (RA) and Shaheed Afzal Guru (RA) with utmost pride.” Shah said the hanging of Shaheed Afzal Guru (RA) was the “murder of law and justice for which the Congress and National Conference are directly responsible who played dirty politics”. He said Indian Supreme Court’s judgment that Afzal Guru was hanged to satisfy the collective conscience of the nation is a “shame” to humanity. “Even his family particularly the wife and son were not entitled the right of last meet. His hanging is an unforgettable tragedy of human history. Though he was hanged without being provided justice, his martyrdom gave rise to thousands of Maqbool and Afzal in Kashmir." Shah said the killers of the former Indian Prime Minister, Rajeev Gandhi, are in jails, “but the so-called champions of democracy were eager to hang Afzal Guru (RA)”. “History counts these rulers and administrators among the brutes." The DFP Chairman said the world leadership, UN, EU must use their offices in securing the return of the mortal remains of Shaheed Maqbool Bhatt (RA) and Shaheed Afzal Guru (RA) which lie buried in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. To demand return of mortal remains of these martyrs, we have been sending reminders and memorandum to UNO, and today, we again appeal to the world leadership and UNO to take cognizance of such human issue,” he said.Shabir Ahmad Shah appealed the United Nations Secretary General, Ban KiMoon, to use his influence to convince India to acknowledge and agree to the just and genuine demands of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, the DFP spokesperson paid tribute to three Lashkar –e-Tayib Mujahedeen who were martyred in Hajin gunfight with Indian forces while reiterating his pledge to continue the freedom movement to its logical

Dr Qasim Faktoo epitome of patience, steadfastness: Shabir Shah' Successive regimes subjected him to political vengeance’

Srinagar, Feb 4: Terming the Ameer, Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM), Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo as “epitome of patience and steadfastness”, the incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Thursday said the MDM chief was made victim of “political vengeance” by the successive governments of the State. He also appealed the international human rights organizations to use their good offices in securing the release of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different Indian and State jails." The courage, patience and steadfastness exhibited by Dr Qasim Faktoo despite spending 23 precious years of his life in jails, is exemplary,” Shah said in a statement issued to press. Terming Dr Qasim as a great religious scholar, Shah said all successive governments of Jammu and Kashmir subjected him to worst kind of suppression. “On one hand, his case was deliberately prolonged and on other side, the state administration also showed cold approach towards his case thereby leaving him to languish in prisons." His family is targeted time and again for harboring a different political ideology. While Dr Qasim himself serves incarceration, his wife, Mohtarma Syeda Asiya Andrabi is also made victim of political suppression. She has suffered heavily by the state terrorism inflicted upon her." Hailing Dr Qasim for his contribution towards the freedom movement and Islam, Shabir Ahmad Shah appealed the human rights bodies to break their silence over the plight of those prisoners who have been sentenced for life and use their good offices in securing their release. Demanding the release of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in state and Indian jails from last 25 years, the DFP chairman said the families of these prisoners are suffering heavily. “They are waiting for the return of their wards. These prisoners are political ones not the criminals who are punished only for harboring a different political ideology. These prisoners are also meting out the worst treatment from jail authorities. It is intolerable that our heroes are treated badly. The world human rights bodies must wake up now." Meanwhile, on the directions of Shabir Ahmad Shah, a delegation including Molvi Bashir Ahmad and Dr Bilal visited the residence of senior journalist, Shah Abbas to express condolence with him on the demise of his father. Shah also talked with Shah Abbas on phone and conveyed his condolence and solidarity with him and the bereaved family. He also prayed for heavenly abode of the deceased.

Shabir Shah grieved over demise of Abdul Haiy Khateeb

Srinagar, Feb 3: The incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Wednesday expressed grief over the demise of former President, Anjuman Islamabad, Abdul Haiy Khateeb.Expressing condolence, Shah said the deceased was a person full of virtuous qualities and the void created by his demise is hard to fill." Abdul Haiy Khateeb was not only a religious and political personality but a also a firebrand orator. His contribution to freedom movement, as a political leader, will always be remembered," Shah said in a statement issued to press. Shah said the deceased's son, Muhammad Hussain, is living a life of migration. Paying tributes to deceased, Shah said Late Khateeb played a great role with regard to freedom movement in Chenab Valley, and "we equally share grief with the people of Chenab Valley particularly the Doda and Kishtwar, on this sad occasion". Shah also expressed condolence with the bereaved family and prayed for heavenly abode of Late Abdul Haiy Khateeb.On Shabir Ahmad Shah's directions, a delegation led by DFP Jammu president, Molana Abdul Qayoom l, which included Khurshid Ahmad and Ghulam Ahmad, participate in the funeral prayers of the deceased. They also addressed the condolence gathering and conveyed condolence on behalf of Shabir Ahmad Shah.

Kashmir Solidarity Day: Shabir Shah , thanks Pakistan for ‘unflinching’ support

Srinagar, Feb 2: The incarcerated pro-freedom leader of Jammu Kashmir and Chairman, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, on Tuesday said observing the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ on February 5, by Pakistan, Azad Kashmir and Pakistani and Kashmiri people across the world is “encouraging and praiseworthy"." Observing the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ by the Government of Pakistan, its people, media and literary fraternity, political, social, religious bodies and the Pakistani and Kashmiri people living across the world is encouraging. We express immense gratitude to them for exhibiting solidarity with their oppressed Kashmiri brethren,” Shah said in a statement issued to press." Pakistan's contribution and support to Kashmir's’ freedom movement is exemplary. We are extremely thankful to every section of Pakistan particularly Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and the military leadership for their unflinching support. Observing the ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ makes the Kashmir issue echo at international forums,” he said. Shah said Pakistan must further its endeavors vis-à-vis resolution of Kashmir issue, by taking on board the world leadership including UN, EU and OIC, “to devise a fresh strategy in this regard". In his ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ message, the DFP chairman said, “This Day is aimed at highlighting the plight of oppressed Kashmir's in every nook and corner of the world. As routine, the role played by Pakistanis and Kashmir's across the globe, on this Day, is commendable.”“Kashmiri nation is committed and steadfast with regard to their demand of right to self-determination from Indian forcible occupation. We hope the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will continue its political, moral and diplomatic support to our just and genuine cause,” Shah said.

Shabir Shah expresses grief, condoles demise of Aafaq Bhatt's grandfather's demise

Srinagar, Feb 1: The incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, has expressed grief over the sad demise of the grandfather of Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Precious Kashmir, Aafaq Ahmad Bhat.In his condolence message, Shabir Ahmad Shah expressed solidarity with the bereaved family particularly Aafaq Ahmad Bhat.He also prayed for eternal peace and heavenly abode for the departed soul and strength to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.[12/15/15, 3:57 PM] Shabir Shah (freedomparty22@gmail.com): With Regards
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UN's silence encourages Indian forces to continue human rights violations in JK: Shah

Srinagar, Jan 31: The incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Sunday said the silence of United Nations and world leadership encourages Indian occupational forces to continue its grave human rights violations in Jammu Kashmir. In a statement issued to press, Shah while terming the resolution of Kashmir issue as vital for world peace, said, "On one hand, Kashmiri people continue to offer immense sacrifices for the freedom from India and on other side, the silence of UN and world leadership over the issue and situation in Kashmir boosts and encourages the occupational forces to continue the human rights violations in the state." It's extremely unfortunate that world leadership and UN are claiming to resolve the ongoing conflicts across the world but are ignoring the situation in Jammu Kashmir. Such silence reveals the dubious nature of the world body and leadership. It also is a contempt on this world institution. Until the weaker nations are not given the right to self determination, to find the world peace is impossible." Shah said UN cannot get away from its responsibilities towards  Kashmir issue and has to resolve it played it's role vis-à-vis nations like East Timor and South Sudan. "We reiterate that if Kashmir issue is prolonged further, it will prove detrimental to peace in South Said.Shabir Ahmad Shah paid tributes to Wamiq Farooq and martyrs of 2010 on their 6th anniversary, saying, "We can never forget them. "The 2010 martyrs are the assets and heroes of our freedom movement. We continue to feel the pain over the loss of those young ones and can very well understand the plight of their families. It is very shameful that the culprits, instead of getting tried in the court of justice, were awarded promotions. That was the murder of law and justice. On Shah's directions, a delegation led by DFp's Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, visited the family of Wamiq Farooq and expressed solidarity with them. The delegation also participated in the prayer meeting "Dua e Majlis" on the occasion and prayed for all the martyrs of Kashmir. The delegation included Imtiyaz Ahmad, Muhammad Yousuf and Raja Aijaz.Shah also paid tribute to 3 Lashkar e Toiba Mujahedeen, who were martyred in gunfight with Indian forces at Dardpora, Lolab in north Kashmir. He reiterated the pledge of taking forward the mission of martyrs.

Shabir Shah continues to be under house arrest Completes 229 days of detention since 2015: Spokesperson

Srinagar, Jan 29: Terming the continuous detention of the incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, as “unconstitutional”, a party spokesperson on Friday said apart from converting the whole valley into a virtual jail, Indian authorities have imposed a blanket ban on the movement of resistance leaders of Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement issued to press, the spokesperson while giving details of DFP Chairman’s detention period, said, “Since 2015 till date, Shabir Ahmad Shah has been kept under house arrest for a period of 229 days during which he was barred from offering 46 Friday and 2 Eid prayers. This amounts to a total of 30 months of house detention with restrictions of 180 Friday and 9 Eid prayers since his release in 2011. Even today, he continues to be under house arrest and was not allowed to offer 5 Friday prayers this year.” He said authorities have turned Shah’s residence into a sub-jail and close vigil is maintained on every person who comes there. Terming such attitude of administration as “autocratic”, the spokesperson said despite the repressive and suppressive measures, the people will continue, with full zeal and vigor, the freedom movement. By keeping the resistance leadership under continuous house arrest, authorities actually want to create a gulf between us and people,” he said The spokesperson said the silence of human rights bodies over the situation in Kashmir is a tragedy for us. “Such criminal silence on part of HR bodies encourages India to crush the genuine voices of Kashmiri people. Such attitude cannot be termed as people friendly. Our struggle is just and genuine and we will continue our mission by braving all odds. No power in this world can crush our movement." According to spokesperson, authorities have slapped PSA on Freedom Party’s member, Abdul Waheed (Handwara) and he has been shifted to Kot Bhalwal jail. Police also arrested various DFP activists from
Islamabad, Shopian, Baramulla, Pulwama and other parts of the valley. On the directions of Shabir Ahmad Shah, three delegations today visited Tujjar Sharif Sopore, Kupwara and Khanabal. Molvi Bashir Ahmad led delegation to Tujjar Sharif to express condolence with the People's League member, Bashir Ahmad Makhdoomi on the sad demise of his father. Ghazi Manzoor Ahmad led a delegation, which included Molvi Sajad, Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, Shabir Ahmad Baba and others, to Khanabal, Islamabad to express condolence and solidarity with the family of Shaheed Mushtaq Ahmad. In Kupwara, Peer Inayatullah paid tributes to martyrs of Kupwara massacre and addressed people there.

Shabir Shah says No justification for Indian Republic Day in J&k, This is the Black Day for us’

Srinagar, Jan 22: The incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, on Wednesday said India had no constitutional right to observe the Republic Day in Jammu and Kashmir as the state had never been its part" And also, given the brutal and oppressive attitude of its forces with the people of Jammu Kashmir, it is totally unjustified that India celebrates this day in the state,” Shah said in a statement issued to press. Shah also appealed people particularly the students of schools and colleges not to participate in any of the function organisedwith regard to India’s R-Day celebration. “It doesn’t befit us to partake or share our presence with those whose hands are smeared with the blood of our people." Clarifying, the DFP Chairman said, “We don’t have any issue with the people of India nor are we against the integrity of the country but given the occupational status of India vis-à-vis Jammu Kashmir, we, without any hesitation, declare this day is the ‘Black Day’ for the people of J&K.”“How shameful it is that on one hand, India is busy in 26 January preparations but on the other side, is turning this state into a virtual jail. The innocent civilians are harassed and humiliated through frequent frisking. Be it India’s Republic Day or the Independence Day; for Kashmir's, these events are no less than any trouble and nuisance,” Shah added. Shah said 26 January may be a significant day for India but for the oppressed people of Jammu Kashmir, the day is a reminder of the atrocities, brutalities and massacres committed by Indian state and its forces with them. “This day reminds us of all those beloved who laid their lives while fighting the Indian oppression." He said India, by observing this day in J&K with the might of 8 lakh forces, is perhaps trying to give world the impression that Jammu Kashmir is its integral part but the reality is that every soul of this state is demanding freedom from the clutches of India." It would be better for India to conform to the changing world political scenario and respect the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K by conducting the referendum in the state,” he said. Saluting the spirit and steadfastness of the people of Jammu Kashmir, Shah said, “Until Indian forcible occupation of J&K ends, we will continue to observe the 26 January as the ‘Black Day'." Meanwhile, a DFP spokesperson has supported the shutdown call on 26 January given by the Hurriyat Conference. The spokesperson also severely criticized the state administration for keeping the Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and Shabir Ahmad Shah under continuous house arrest. Even today, both leaders were not allowed to offer the Friday congregational prayers and their residences have been turned into virtual jails. This all is aimed at creating a distance between the pro-freedom leadership and people,” he said.

Shabir Shah pays tribute to Naina, Pulwama martyrs; condemns Peshawar attack, expresses solidarity with Pakistan

Srinagar, Jan 21: Expressing grief over killing of a youth, Parvez Ahmad Guru of Pulwama Naina, Batapora by the forces, the incarcerated Chairman of a Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Thursday said the killing of an innocent made it clear that Indian forces have no regard for the human lives in Jammu Kashmir." It is amply clear that these forces have been given an open deal to play with the lives of people and if such unabated killings are not stopped, it will give rise to grave situation in the region," Shah said in a statement issued to press. Terming the public protest during the encounter as justified, Shah said to shower bullets on peaceful and unarmed people is extremely condemnable. He expressed solidarity with those who were injured during the protests and prayed for their speedy recovery. Paying tribute to martyred Hizb ul Mujahedeen warrior, Shakir Ahmad, Shah said these Mujahedeen are sacrificing their lives for a noble cause.Shabir Ahmad Shah also talked with the family of Shaheed Parvez Ahmad Guru on telephone and expressed his condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family. On Shah's directions, party's district Pulwama President, Muhammad Amin, Bashir Ahmad Gattoo, Nisar Ahmad, Mudassir Ahmad, Ishfaq Ahmad and Arif Ahmad visited the martyrs' family in Naina, Pulwama and expressed condolence with the family. Expressing heartfelt grief and anguish over the attack on Bacha Khan University in Peshawar Pakistan in which students were killed, Shah said the attack proves the conspiracies continue to be hatched against the country by the elements who are hell bent upon destabilizing Pakistan. The way the innocent students were killed only proves the barbaric mindset of the attackers. The attack also makes it clear that some agencies deliberately want to push Pakistan to the chaos and uncertainty. We hope the Islamic Republic overcomes this threat of terrorism," he said and expressed solidarity and sympathy with Pakistan and the affected families besides praying for their patience. The DFP Chairman also expressed concern over the continuous disappearance of Sirajuddin Farooq who is the brother in law of Al-Umar Mujahedeen Chief, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar."He was arrested in broad daylight. 24 years have passed since then and no one knows about his whereabouts. We can very well understand the pain and agony of such families. It is extremely unfortunate that human rights organizations are turning blind eye towards such situation in Jammu Kashmir," Shah said.
 

Freedom Party delegation visits Gilani Sahib; participate in funeral prayers of Shaheed Manzoor Dar

Srinagar, Jan 19: On the directions of Shabir Ahmad Shah, a delegation of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Tuesday participated in the funeral in absentia of Shaheed Manzoor Ahmad Dar of Rawalpora. he delegation was led by Molvi Bashir Ahmad In his statement, Shah while expressing condolence and sympathy with the bereaved family said, "I can very well feel the pain and plight of the family and thousands of those families whose dear ones have been subjected to enforced disappearances." Praying in favour of the Shaheed, Shabir Ahmad Shah said thousands of families in Jammu and Kashmir have to have such situation as they are not told the whereabouts of their near and dear ones. Commenting on the police report regarding Shaheed Manzoor Dar, Shah said he was picked up by forces Commander Major Kishore in broad daylight and was killed. "Even nobody knows where his body was taken. no one knows anything about him. There are thousands of such examples where forces picked up people and didn't return their bodies. The human rights bodies should now stop acting as mute spectators and make these forces accountable for their crimes," he said.Shabir Ahmad Shah also prayed for speedy recovery of the ailing Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani .As such, a delegating led by Molvi Bashir Ahmad visited Gilani Sahib's residence she enquired about his health. The delegation also visited Batamaloo to express condolence with Muslim League's Bilal Ahmad Khan on the sad demise of his brother, Farooq Ahmad Khan and prayed for the heavenly abode of the deceased.

Shabir Shah pays tribute to Gawkadal, Handwara, Kupwara martyrs Appeals int'l HR bodies ,OIC to interfere in stopping rights violations in J&K.

Srinagar,17Jan: Paying glowing tributes to martyrs of Gawkadal, Handwara and Kupwara massacres on their 25th, 26th and 22nd anniversaries, the incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah said the nation will never forget the martyrs of these heart-wrenching massacres. Our hearts are filled with the memories of these martyrs and we are committed to fulfill their mission," Shah said in a statement issued to press and appealed people to organize prayer meetings these days in favour of the martyrs. Remembering the martyrs of all these massacres, Shah said, "The example of such brutal massacres is hard to find. The then Governor Jag Mohan spread bloodshed which according to him was to teach Kashmir's a lesson by conferring unbridled powers to forces." The DFP Chairman said the blood of these martyrs will not be allowed go waste. Terming these massacres as "holocaust", Shah said the world rises up against such barbaric actions except if these are carried out in Kashmir. Praying in favour of all the martyrs, Shah said we remember the victims of each and every massacre including the Bijbehara, Kupwara, Hawal, Mash'ali Mohalla, Kanikadal, Sopore, Hazratbal, Chattergam, etched also took a dig at Indian media for resorting to biased approach vis-à-vis the massacres and killings in Kashmir. "During its fight with British Empire, India only saw Jalianwala Bagh massacre but in Kashmir, there are hundreds of Jalianwala Bagh massacres carried out by its 8 lakh forces." There is no doubt that the officer involved in Gawkadal massacre had a spirit of General Dyer (who carried out Jalianwala Bagh) in him. The massacres of Handwara and Kupwara were planned under a well thought out strategy - killed 27 innocent people on 27 January (Kupwara) and 17 on 25 January (Handwara)," he said. Shah appealed the human rights bodies working under the United Nations including Amnesty International and OIC to utilize their offices in bringing to book the perpetrators of these deadly massacres in Kashmir.

Continued house detention of Shabir Shah denounced

Srinagar, January 15:The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has strongly denounced the continued house arrest of its Chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah, describing it as frustration of the authorities. The DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that Shabir Ahmad Shah was not allowed to offer the Friday congregation prayers, today. He said that senior Hurriyat leader was kept under detention for 215 days since January 2015 till date. The authorities have turned Shabir Ahmad Shah’s residence into a sub-jail and close vigil is being maintained on every person who comes there, he said. Giving details of Shabir Shah’s detention, the spokesman said, “Since January till date, he was kept under house arrest for a period of 215 days during which he was barred from offering 44 Friday and 2 Eid prayer she said, this amounts to a total of 29 months of house detention with restrictions of 178 Friday and 9 Eid prayers since his release in 2011.“Such detention of Shabir Ahmad Shah clearly implies that administration is not willing to allow the Hurriyat leadership to carry out its political activities and is reneging from its promises of providing political space to its opponents,” he added. The spokesman said that despite the repressive and suppressive measures, the Kashmiri people would continue, with full zeal and vigor, the freedom movement. He also made it clear that there was no difference between any of the pro-India parties and politicians and they all were the same. “These people are committed servants of New Delhi who are concerned about only power. Once they achieve it, they forget all the promises made with the people,” he maintained. Meanwhile, the DFP spokesman, criticizing the stubborn and dictatorial attitude of administration with regard to erection of the Martyrs’ Memorial in Pulwama, said that the authorities were giving unnecessary hype to the issue and had showed their real face. Terming the people’s demand as justified, the spokesman said, “Martyrs are our beloved and to give succumb to pressures by administration is out of question for us.” He also expressed his resentment over the atrocities unleashed by Indian police upon the people and arrest of youth in Pulwama.

Remembering martyrs is people’s right: Shabir Shah

Srinagar, January 13 : Senior Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah has said that the Kashmiri people have every right to remember their martyrs. Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the occupation authorities were complicating the issue of installation of martyrs’ memorial in Pulwama. Complete shutdown was observed for several days in the town over the denial by the authorities of the erection of the memorial at Shaheed Park." Such attitude on part of authorities is against the law,” he said, adding, “People have every right to remember their beloved ones who sacrificed their lives while fighting the tyranny and oppression." Reiterating his support to the martyrs’ memorial campaign, Shabir Shah extended support to the call given by the veteran Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Gilani, for peaceful protests on Friday. The DFP Chairman also condemned the use of brute force by Indian police on the peaceful demonstrators who were protesting in Zewan area of Srinagar against the killing of a youth by Indian troops. He said that such repressive tactics could not weaken the liberation sentiment of the Kashmiri people rather they would make their resolve towards the ongoing freedom movement more strong.

Shaheed Sajad great Mujahid,set example for others: Shabir Shah

Srinagar, Jan 12: Terming the Commander Shaheed Sajad Ahmad Bhatt as a great Mujahid, the incarcerated Chairman of a Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Wednesday paid glowing tributes to the martyr. In a statement issued to press, Shah while remembering Shaheed Sajad for his contribution to the freedom movement, said the Shaheed Commander through his velour and bravery on battlefield set an example for others. Hailing Shaheed Sajad as an exemplary Mujahid, Shah said the Commander braved all odds and continued his struggle for freedom with full zeal and vigour.Paying tributes to martyr, Shah severely condemned the atrocities unleashed by police and administration upon the people of Zewan saying such measures will not help authorities in any way."By resorting to such repressive measures, authorities cannot break the pro-freedom sentiments of people rather it makes the people's resolve towards freedom struggle much stronger," he said. On the directions of Shabir Ahmad Shah, a delegation led by district Pulwama President, Muhammad Amin visited the martyrs' family in Zewan and expressed solidarity and sympathy with them. Meanwhile, the DFP Chairman while condemning the administration for "complicating" the issue of martyrs' memorial in Pulwama said authorities are actually arresting youths on various pretexts. He said such attitude on part of authorities is against law while maintaining that people have every right to remember their beloved ones who sacrificed their lives while fighting the tyranny and oppression.Shabir Ahmad Shah reiterated his support to the martyrs' memorial campaign. The Democratic Freedom Party also supports the post Friday protest call given by APHC.

Shah congratulates Ghalib Afzal Guru; condoles demise of Shaheed M Yasin Yatoo'

Srinagar, Jan 11: Expressing heartfelt congratulations to Ghalib Afzal Guru on successfully passing the matriculation exam, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday wished him best of luck for future. He expressed hope that Ghalib will continue to show such wonderful performance in future. Congratulating Ghalib's mother, Shah said, "We are fully aware that despite all odds, sister Tabassum raised her son with such great love and care and today we all feel proud of both mother and son. We have no words to express our delight on this proud moment. Our wishes and prayers are always with them." Remembering Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru, Shah said the whole Kashmiri nation has great regard and affection for beloved Ghalib.This family took so much hardships and the way they braved all difficulties is exemplary. We would always be there for the family of a great soul, Shaheed Afzal Guru," he said. Meanwhile, on the directions of Shabir Ahmad Shah, a delegation led by Er Farooq Ahmad Khan and comprising of Manzoor Ahmad Ghazi, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Yousuf, Zahoor Ahmad visited the family of Shaheed Sajad Ahmad Kenue to express condolence on the sad demise of his mother. Sajad himself passed away last week. The delegation also expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family of Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi's brother in law at south Kashmir's Islamabad district.

Shah extends full support to martyrs' memorial campaign

Condemns use of force against people
Srinagar, Jan 10: Strongly condemning the unleashing of brute force by police upon the people of Pulwama, the incarcerated Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah on Sunday extended his full support to campaign demanding erecting of a martyrs' memorial in the area. In a statement issued to press Shah while hailing the spirit of Pulwama youths said, "To erect a board in memory of martyrs is not against law but is aimed at remembering the beloved martyrs which is a natural act on part of people. To refuse to such public demand and to suppress the peoples' will be futile." Hailing the courage and steadfastness of Pulwama youths, Shah said the great nations always remember their martyrs who sacrificed their lives for a great and noble cause. Shah also demanded immediate release of the youths arrested by police and strongly condemned the use of pellet guns and pepper gas against the people. He extended full support to such campaigns of erecting the martyrs' memorial in Pulwama and adjoining areas. The DFP Chairman also paid glowing tributes to Hizbul Mujahedeen Commander, Shaheed Muhammad Yasin Yatoo alias Manzoor ul Islam. He said the way the Shaheed Yaseen fought during his 19 year period is praiseworthy. He also expressed condolences and solidarity with the bereaved family.

DFP leaders arrested, not allowed to present memorandum at UN Office

Shabir Shah pays tribute to Sopore martyrs, supports APHC shutdown call

Srinagar, Jan 6: Police on Tuesday arrested dozens of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) leaders and activists at Press Enclave here when they tried to march towards the UNMOGIP office to submit a memorandum. Prior to arrest, the leaders who were led by Advocate Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar while talking to media briefly elaborated the basic points of memorandum which was to be submitted to the UN Secretary General through which they apprised him about the suppressive and repressive policies adopted by the government against the pro-freedom leadership and people of Jammu and Kashmir. Those arrested included Engineer Farooq Ahmad Khan, Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, Muhammad Yousuf, Ghulam Muhammad Maqdam, Farooq Ahmad, Muhammad Shafi, Aijaz Ahmad, Basit Ahmad and others. Meanwhile, the DFP Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah while paying tributes to 55 martyrs of 1993 Sopore Massacre said those who rendered sacrifices against the forcible occupation of India will always be remembered. The Indian forces, through indiscriminate firing in Sopore on that fateful day, turned the whole region into slaughter house where innocent civilians were massacred. Thereafter, the area was razed to ashes and causing loss to properties billions of rupees,” Shah said in a statement issued to press. He said the other massacres like Gawkadal, Handwara, Kupwara, Kanikadal, Hawal, Shopian, Mash’ali Mohalla, Bijbehara, Markandal and others are testimony to the fact that Indian forces are not bound to any law and that playing with human lives is not a big deal for them. Praying in favour of Sopore martyrs, Shabir Ahmad Shah said that giving clean chit to forces involved in such massacres makes it clear that the Government of India is neither ashamed of its inhuman activities nor has it any regret over the killing of Kashmiris.Appealing the world organizations particularly the United Nations representatives to take cognizance of the numerous massacres perpetrated by brutal Indian occupational forces, Shah demanded investigation by the international court saying Indian forces should be held accountable for their crimes committed against the people of Kashmir.The DFP spokesperson also supported the shutdown call given by the APHC leadership in Sopore on January 6.On the directions of Shabir Ahmad Shah, a DFP delegation led by Molana Tari visited the residence of Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain to express condolence with him on the sad demise of his mother. The delegation also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.

Text of the Memorandum

His Excellency,
Mr. Ban Ki Moon
Secretary General,
United Nations Organization
New York, NY, 10017 (USA)
Subject: Kashmir Seeks Attention
Dear Sir,
While people of Jammu and Kashmir observe Right to Self-Determination Day today, let me refresh your Excellency’s memory that on this day in 1949 no less an authority than the United Nations adopted a historic resolution calling for a referendum in Kashmir. Instead of creating a conducive atmosphere to implement the UN resolutions and its proposed roadman to settle Kashmir issue, the Indian state, unfortunately, refused to behave and act like a genuine democratic country. It resorted to oppression and suppression and with a view to subjugate Kashmir's and muzzle their legitimated demand for right to self-determination, India deployed over 700, 000 military and paramilitary troops in the disputed territory that makes it the largest military concentration anywhere in the world. The Indian role in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir over the years has resulted in the death of a hundred thousand plus Kashmir's. Whereas, thousands of un-marked mass graves, enforced disappearances; custodial and extra-judicial killings are glaring examples of Indian state terrorism. The India’s neo-colonial approach also led to widespread death and destruction and escalation of violence at an unprecedented scale in the region. Excellency, the non-implementation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir is travesty of justice and international law whereas India’s denial to Kashmiri of their inalienable right, in the clearest possible terms, is a flagrant violation of the UN charter. The India’s intransigence and colonial approach is also contrary to the UN’s agenda of decolonization and the universally acknowledged principle of political and economic freedom for all peoples. At this time of multiple crises, the UN has a legal and moral responsibility to settle this highly vulnerable issue that has now assumed dangerous political and military dimensions. We the people of Jammu and Kashmir look towards the United Nations and more particularly to your Excellency’s pro-active role to seek an amicable solution of Kashmir conflict. In view of the vast spreading structures of violence and the terrible role of Indian state in occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir we appeal your Excellency to exert pressure on India to bring an end to all cycles of violence in Kashmir, release political prisoners and revoke the draconian laws enforced in the state. Restore the right of peaceful association, assembly and demonstrations and let Kashmiri leadership travel abroad without any hindrance.
With profound regards

Shabir Ahmed Shah

President JKDFP

In 2015, Shabir Shah served 201 days in detention: DFP

‘Mufti-led Govt deceived people; PDP’s slogans proved farce’

Srinagar, Jan 1-2016 : During the year 2015, the incarcerated Chairman of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah was kept under detention for 201 days. Even today, he was not allowed to offer the Friday congregational prayers, a party spokesperson said. In a statement issued to press on Friday, a DFP spokesperson said authorities have turned Shah’s residence into a sub-jail and close vigil is maintained on every person who comes there. Giving details of Shah’s detention, the spokesperson said: “Till the end of 2015, he (Shah) was kept under house arrest for a period of 201 days during which he was barred from offering 42 Friday and 2 Eid prayers. This amounts a total of 28 months of house detention with restrictions on 176 Friday and 9 Eid prayers since his release in 2011.Such detention of Shabir Ahmad Shah clearly implies that administration is not willing to allow the resistance leadership to carry out its political activities and is reneging from its promises of providing space to its political opponents." The spokesperson said the “arbitrary” restriction on pro-freedom leadership is actually the incapability (sic) of the Mufti-led government whose party PDP, during its period in opposition, used to thump chest against the same activities which it is carrying out now, in power." We want to remind the PDP as to how it used to make hue and cry over the curbs on pro-freedom leadership during the Omar Abdullah’s rule and made it the election issue. No sooner did this party assumed power, it forgot all its farce slogans of ‘Battle of Ideas’ and ‘Goli Nahi Boli’ and surpassed its predecessors in imposing restrictions on people and political opponents,” he said." It is so unfortunate and shameful on part of this government that it didn’t allow Shabir Ahmad Shah to participate in the last rites of his close relatives who passed when he was under detention. Such curbs are unconstitutional and the democratic claims of Indian and state authorities are nothing but fraud and deception." Meanwhile, authorities on Thursday night placed a senior DFP leader, Engineer Farooq Ahmad Khan under house arrest. Other party leaders and activists were also put behind bars and everywhere there is ‘Police Raj’ prevailing. A DFP delegation led by district president, Muhammad Amin on Friday visited the residence of martyred Mujahid Manzoor Ahmad Bhatt in Sambora, Pulwama and expressed condolence with the bereaved family. Another delegation led by Abdul Waheed and Bashir Ahmad visited Sopore to condole the demise of sister of pro-freedom leader Ghulam Ahmad Khan Sopore and DFP activist Muhammad Abraham's grandfather. They expressed solidarity with the bereaved families .DFP leaders Molvi Sajad Ahmad and Ghazi Manzoor addressed Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Patton in north Kashmir wherein they shed light on the latest political developments with regard to Kashmir issue. Similarly, at Jamia Masjid Trehgam in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district, Peer Inayatullah addressed the congregation and threw light on prevailing political situation with regard to ongoing freedom movement.

 

 

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