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Mehmood Saghar condemns detention of Hurriyat leaders in IOK.

Islamabad, September 01 : The Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has denounced in strong terms the continued detention of Hurriyat leaders in occupied Kashmir. Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad termed the action of Indian authorities as a flagrant violation of basic human rights. “Detentions and arrests of Hurriyat leaders and political activists are being used as a weapon to muzzle the voice of dissent in Kashmir. India under a well thought out policy is making all out efforts to keep genuine leadership away from the masses,” he stated .Saghar pointed out that Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Shabir Ahmed Shah had been continuously placed

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Srinagar 25 August, 2015: President Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmed Shah while addressing a press conference in Srinagar.

 

under house arrest for last several weeks. He demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists. He also appealed to the world human rights bodies to take stock of the situation in occupied Kashmir and play their role in stopping human rights abuses perpetuated by Indian troops and police in the territory.

Shabir Shah lauds role of human rights bodies, says his party ready to extend every possible support.

Srinagar, Aug 31: Lauding the role of human rights bodies working for cases of enforced disappearances in the Valley, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has assured "full support" to such organizations. Shah who continues to be under house arrest, in a statement issued to press on Monday assured his full support to those organizations and individuals working for the collection of information related to the persons subjected to enforced disappearances during our freedom struggle," He said we understand the plight of those families who lost their loving ones and the situation they're going through. "There should be a thorough mechanized program to work with the freedom movement and we're infavor of 'division of work' so that everyone can play role much to the best of their talent. Rest, our unflinching support goes to all working for the cause." Shah said though we commemorate the day in favor of the disappeared persons annually, we've to organize more such events and programs in order to garner maximum support of international community and to exert pressure on India. "The presence of more than 7000 unmarked graves in nook and corner of the Valley is an eye-opener for world nations and the criminal silence adopted by them in this regard is unfortunate. It's Indian army and their agencies which is responsible for this whole genocide of human rights here and due to Kashmir issue that every home has been subjected to severe trauma." He also said the stubbornness exhibited by India is the prime reason of all the tragedies and biggest impediment in way of resolving the issue of Kashmir. "On one hand, there are about 2500 women living a life of widows due to disappearance of their husbands and about 25000 have already widowed by the bullets of Indian brutal occupational forces giving rise to more than one lakh orphans in the Valley." Shah expressed disappointment that despite court orders no DNA tests were carried out of those buried in unmarked graves and demanded investigation of this issue by an independent international agency. Shah said that though the families of those disappeared agreed and stressed for DNA test of those laid in graves ,but instead to act accordingly and honor court orders for investigation, the rulers turned each household into a wailing home. Shah stressed that the administration is duty bound to reveal details about those disappeared in forces custody .Meanwhile, expressing strong anger and resentment over police brutality and highhandedness in Shaher-e-Khaas, Shabir Ahmad Shah said the police is crossing limits now as they resort to very mean methods while carrying out arrests, which is totally unacceptable. "The police is trying to become more loyal than king. They (Police) should realize that they're part of the society and they've to live and die among their people." Shah also severely condemned the use of pellet guns by police.

India’s stubbornness biggest hurdle in Kashmir solution: Shabir shah

Srinagar, August 30 :Senior Hurriyat leader and the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah has said that the stubbornness of India is the prime reason of all tragedies and biggest impediment to the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Shah, who is under house arrest in Srinagar in a statement said: “We understand the plight of those families who lost their loving ones." Lauding the role of human rights bodies working for cases of enforced disappearances in the Valley, he assured full support to such organizations. “We commemorate the day in favor of the disappeared persons annually, we’ve to organize more such events and programs to garner maximum support of international community and to exert pressure on India”, he added. Shah said that the presence of more than 7,000 unmarked graves in nook and corner of the Valley was an eye-opener for world and the criminal silence adopted by it was unfortunate. He expressed disappointment that despite court orders no DNA tests were carried out of those buried in unmarked graves and demanded investigation of the issue by an independent international agency.

Shabir shah flays arrest of Hurriyat leaders, and activists .

Srinagar, August 29 :Senior Hurriyat leader and the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah has denounced the arrest of pro-freedom leaders and activists in the territory and termed it frustration of the authorities. Shah, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, in a statement criticized the Mufti Sayeed-led regime for deceiving the people in every respect. “Even Mufti’s slogan of “battle of ideas” was a big lie and deception. There is nothing like freedom of speech or expression prevalent in the territory, he added. He said that his party had time and again planned to meet people in Pulwama but under the current dictatorial regime, unable to organize any such programme. “Our party representatives, members and activists are arrested. It seems the so-called champions of democracy have kept the right of speech and expression only within themselves,” he added. He hailed the courage and spirit of people of Pulwama, Tral, Kulgam, Shopian and Islamabad and reiterated the pledge that sacrifices of martyrs would not be allowed go waste. Shah welcomed the statement of OIC Secretary General, Iyad Amen Madani over Kashmir, terming it timely and based on truth. “We hope the OIC will play its role in resolution of issues like Kashmir and Palestine." He also hailed the efforts of Pakistan with regard to its unflinching support to Kashmiri in their fight for self-determination and hoped that it would continue to do so in future. Meanwhile, the party spokesperson in a statement said that Shabir Ahmad Shah was scheduled to address a public gathering at Pulwama, today, but the undue restrictions imposed upon him by the authorities prevented him from vising Pulwama. He said that a team headed by Farooq Ahmad and included Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, Nazir Ahmad Tanda and Shabir Ahmad Baba left for addressing the people in Jamia Masjid Pulwama. As soon as they entered the mosque, police arrested them, the spokesperson said.

Shabir Shah welcomes OIC Secretary General’s statement on Kashmir Criticizes Mufti led Govt for arresting party reps in Pulwama

Srinagar, Aug 28: Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah was scheduled to address a public gathering at Pulwama today but the undue restrictions imposed upon him by authorities prevented him from stepping out of his residence, a party spokesperson said." As such, a team headed by Er Farooq Ahmad which included Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh, Nazir Ahmad Tanda, Shabir Ahmad Baba and others left for addressing the people in Jamia Masjid Pulwama. As soon as they entered the mosque, police arrested them,” the spokesperson said. Reacting against the arrests of pro-freedom leaders and activists, DFP Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah, who continues to be under house arrest, in a statement severely criticized the Mufti Sayeed led government over “deceiving the people in every respect.” “Even his (Mufti’s) slogan of “battle of ideas” was a big lie and deception. Here every genuine voice is choked and every right of people snatched. There is nothing like freedom of speech or expression prevalent in the State. All slogans proved to be hollow and misleading. He (Mufti) is only emerging as a failed dictator." Shah said his party had, time and again, planned to meet people in Pulwama but “under the current dictatorial regime, we’re unable to organize any such program.” “Instead, our party representatives, members and activists are arrested. It seems the so-called champions of democracy have kept the right of speech and expression only within themselves." He hailed the courage and pro-freedom spirit of people of south Kashmir areas of Pulwama, Tral, Kulgam, Shopian and Islamabad and reiterated the pledge that sacrifices of martyrs will not be allowed go waste. He also strongly condemned the recent incident of harassment of an honorable woman by police SOG personnel and said such incidents would not be tolerated at any cost. “The resistance leadership is not allowed to share grief with the people. The administration completely lacks courage to fight its opponents in a political way." Meanwhile, Shabir Ahmad Shah has welcomed the statement of OIC secretary general Ayad bin Amin Madni over Kashmir, terming it “timely” and “based on truth”. “The statement is satisfactory and as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K. We hope the OIC will play its role in resolution of issues like Palestine and Kashmir." Shah also hailed the efforts of Pakistan with regard to their unflinching support to Kashmir's in their fight for “self-determination” and expressed hope the Islamic Republic will continue to do so in future.

Jammu Kashmir democratic freedom party [JKDFP] strongly condemned continues house arrest of party chairman Shabir shah.

Srinagar, Aug 28: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has strongly condemned the house arrest of its chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah who had returned from New Delhi just two days ago. The party has termed the detention as autocratic and unconstitutional. A JKDFP spokesperson while criticizing the state administration over imposing restrictions on activities of pro-freedom leadership termed it unjustified and said such curbs prove all the democratic claims of so-called government are hollow and deceptive." Today, as Shabir Ahmad Shah tried to step out, a large contingent of police force stopped him and put him under house arrest," he said, adding, there is a Marshal Law prevailing in the state, in real terms. He said, since Shah was released from jail in 2011, he was placed under house for almost two years and prevented from offering 159 Friday and 8 Eid prayers. "Such means of suppression will not deter Shah from pursuing the goal of freedom and he'll continue his struggle till his last breath." The spokesperson while taking a dig at current political dispensation said Mufti led government is not an bit different than its predecessors and is using every move to scuttle and muzzle the genuine voices of the people. "Though he is head of the state in name, all the affairs are controlled by Delhi and Nagpur."

Kashmir is primary party to Kashmir dispute: Shabir Shah,

Srinagar, August 27 : Senior Hurriyat leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah has said that Kashmiri leaders are the prime party and the Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved without their involvement in the dialogue process. Addressing a press conference in Srinagar on his return from New Delhi, Shah said, “By not agreeing to have a peaceful dialogue on Kashmir, India has repeated its rigid approach on Kashmir." He was arrested on his arrival in New Delhi on August 22 before his proposed meeting with Pakistani’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz. Terming as unfortunate the statement of Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in which she termed Vajpayee’s policy on Kashmir as a “thing of the past” Shabir Shah said, “It was KC Panth who came with a letter to me in which Indian government mentioned that they were ready to hold talks with Kashmir's and Pakistan. I still have that letter with me,” he added. Taking a dig at Sushma Swaraj for referring Hurriyat leaders as a third party on the Kashmir issue, he said Kashmiri leaders are the prime party and without their involvement in the dialogue process, Kashmir issue cannot be resolved. If Hurriyat leaders were irrelevant then why New Delhi sent a delegation to meet us during 2010 unrest in the Valley. Sushma was also a part of that delegation,” he said. Terming Pakistan a compassionate nation for Kashmir's, Shah said, “Pakistan has played a pivotal role for finding a justifiable solution to the Kashmir issue. However, it is India, which has to come out from the denial mode and accept the ground reality on Kashmir." India should understand that for lasting peace in the South Asia, solution to Kashmir issue is vital,” he said. To a question, Shabir Shah said Mujahedeen gave a boost to the movement of Kashmir. “The way India celebrates Bhagwat Singh, the same way militants are our heroes,” he said. He, however, said the ultimate result lies only in the peaceful dialogue. On claim by former RAW chief A S Dulat that he was offered CM's post in 1996 for contesting Assembly elections, Shah said he had offered him post of J&K Prime Minister. “I was offered the pre-1953 position in which I would have become a Prime Minister. But I categorically rejected the offer,” he said adding there was no question of accepting the constitution of India. “I have pledged myself to Kashmir cause,” he asserted. Vowing to take Kashmir struggle to its logical conclusion, Shah said his speech of “Sooyi Dagaa” of 1993 has not died down and he is still working on the same lines for the Kashmir cause.

Police highhandedness in Khadwani, Pulwama, Resistance leadership can't be mute spectators: Molana Tari

Srinagar, Aug 26: Expressing strong resentment over the highhandedness and reign of terror unleashed by police upon people of Khadwani, Kulgam and Pulwama areas of south Kashmir, the Freedom Party Secretary General Moulana Muhammad Abdullah Tari Wednesday asserted that the resistance leadership of Jammu Kashmir can't maintain silence over the atrocities being inflicted upon the people. He said the leadership, as routine, will stand shoulder by shoulder with people against the oppression.In a statement issued to press, Tari while terming the people's reaction in the form of protests as justified said no dignified nation can tolerate the harassment of its women folk at any cost. "Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed such kind of harassments very often by the hands of Indian occupational forces."Saluting the courage of people of Pulwama, Moulana Tari said any kind of harassment to our women folk is intolerable and the people of Kashmir are ready to give their lives for the protection of the honor and dignity of their mothers and sisters. Terming the police hooliganism, arrests of youth, nocturnal raids, vandalizing of properties of public as inhuman acts, Tari warned police that "ultimately, you (police) have to live and die with your own people over which you flex your muscles on the behest of occupational powers." He demanded immediate release of all those arrested.Meanwhile, the Freedom Party has expressed deep grief over the sad demises of mother of its activist Muhammad Aslam (Pakherpora) and also of sister of Masood Ahmad Boda of Islamabad. The party expressed condolence with the bereaved families and prayed for heavenly abode for the deceased.In this connection, on the directions of party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah, a delegation including Er Farooq Ahmad Khan, Manzoor Ahmad Janbaz and Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh visited the residence of Masood Ahmad Boda and another delegation led by Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi and Ghulam Muhammad Maqdam visited the bereaved family of Muhammad Aslam.

Was offered PM position in 1996: Shabir Shah

Srinagar, Aug 25 2015: Senior Hurriyat leader and chairman of Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah has said that Hurriyat leaders truly represent the sentiment of people of all J&K regions and there can be no dialogue between the Hurriyat and New Delhi within the ambit of Indian constitution. If Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders are irrelevant, why Vajpayee sent his point man to Kashmir; why did the then government exchange letters with me? Why did Hurriyat leaders meet former Prime Minister" Addressing a press conference after his return from Delhi, here on Tuesday, Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “staunch RSS man and follows the same ideology." He also praised Pakistan for not succumbing to pressure mounted by India before the cancellation of National Security Advisor-level talks recently. “They are forgetting policies and vision of their ideologues like former Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee and L K Advani. It was Vajpayee who sent letters to us through his point-man K C Panth that he wishes to hold a dialogue with us,” Shah said. “I have copies of those letters. After I received the first letter from Panth, we wrote back and sought clarification on issues on which they want to talk to us. The second letter we received clearly stated that they wanted to talk on Kashmir issue.” He said the present dispensation at New Delhi is “killing the very idea of dialogue, the basis of which was laid by Vajpayee and Advani. If Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders are irrelevant, why Vajpayee sent his point man to Kashmir; why did the then government exchange letters with me? Why did Hurriyat leaders meet former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh if Kashmir is not an issue,” Shah asked.He said in 2010, when an All Party Delegation (APD) was sent to Kashmir during the summer unrest, it met all Hurriyat leaders. “I was in prison that time. The APD members, including Sushma Swraj, met me there and sought our cooperation in bringing the situation to normal,” he said. He said New Delhi should read writing on the wall that Kashmir’s pro-freedom leadership won’t talk within the ambit of Indian constitution." They are claiming that Kashmir is their integral part; let us talk on table and clarify our stand as well. If they are so certain and sure about Kashmir being integral part of India, let there be a plebiscite under the observation of UN,” said Shah, who was first to reach New Delhi among separatist camp to meet Pakistan’s NSA Sartaj Aziz. He, however, was detained at the Delhi airport and put under detention for two days. The NSA talks were, in the meantime, called off. He said detaining pro-freedom leaders at New Delhi airport reflects the stubbornness of Delhi and its intentions not to resolve the vexed issue of Kashmir, which is the main threat to peace in entire South Asia." This is not for the first time we went to Delhi to meet Pakistan leaders. During Vajpayee’s time and even in former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tenure, we have been meeting Pakistan High Commissioner and other leaders from Islamabad,” he said. “The present stance of Delhi to prevent Hurriyat leaders from meeting the NSA Aziz is an example of jingoistic mindset of RSS. The fact remains that Kashmir is a globally-accepted issue and 18 resolutions are pending still with the United Nations." He said Kashmir is beyond Shimla, Tashkant, or Lahore declarations. “Kashmir is the core issue.” He said the world has accepted Kashmir as an issue and Hurriyat as genuine representatives of people of Kashmir. Asked about former RAW Chief A S Dulat’s assertions in his book—Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years—that Shah was tipped to become Chief Minister of J&K in 1996, he said: “Even though we have talented people in Kashmir who can counter Dulat’s book with a book, the fact remains I was not only offered Chief Minister’s post but also Prime Minister’s post in 1996 because the then government at New Delhi was ready for pre-1953 position.”He said in a situation where Delhi is in a denial mode, unity among Hurriyat leaders across Kashmir is need of the hour." Some people keep questioning me what happened to my thread and needle that I used to stitch unity among pro-freedom leaders. Let me say there are people present who are against Hurriyat’s unity,” Shah said. On armed struggle in Kashmir, especially the new breed of Kashmiris joining the Jihadi organizations, he said “like Baghat Singh, people in Kashmir are fighting on many fronts." They (Mujahideen) are fighting on their front, but dialogue is inevitable to find solution to the issue of Kashmir,” he said. Shah said Pakistan deserves all praise for its stance on Kashmir, especially the recent on NSA-level talks. “We hope better sense prevails and India accepts Kashmir as an issue and starts meaningful dialogue with Kashmiris on board,” he said.On summon issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate, he said: “An official came to me in Delhi with a summon and stated that some 12 year old case has been re-opened against me. I will send my lawyer on October 21 and if needed, I will put my point of view myself.”

Shabir Shah denounces use of brute force on Tehreek-e-Hurriyat  leaders

Srinagar, August 23 :The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah has strongly denounced the use of brute force against the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders and activists. Shah, who is under detention in Delhi along with Molana Tari, in a statement issued in Srinagar said: “Mufti-led regime has no justification in imposing undue restrictions upon the peaceful activities of the Hurriyat leaders. The use of brute force against the leaders and activists is extremely condemnable.” in a statement issued to press said. Terming the use of tear gas and lathi charge against the TeH leaders and activists as terrorist acts, Shabir Ahmad Shah said that no such example of barbarism could be found in any civilized society. Shah also in a statement termed the use of force by Indian police on protesters barbaric and state terrorism". "Mufti led government has no justification in imposing undue restrictions upon the peaceful activities of leaders. The use of brute force against the leaders and activists is extremely condemnable,” Shabir Shah, who is under detention in Delhi along with Molina Abdullah Tari, said in a statement. He said Mufti Sayeed should acknowledge defeat and must admit he’s helpless before his masters New Delhi. Terming the use of tear gas and Lathi charge against the TeH activists as terrorist acts, Shah said, “no such example of barbarism can be found in any civilized nation." He condemned and expressed strong anger over the arrest of TeH Secretary General Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and other leaders.

DFP condemns Shah’s detention at Delhi Airport, welcomes Pakistan’s stand vis-à-vis NSA level talks

Srinagar, Aug 22: Severely condemning the detention of its chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah at Delhi Airport, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) said the Government of India (GoI) by arresting the pro-freedom leader once again put hindrances in way of NSA level talks between the two countries .“Shabir Ahmad Shah today left for Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi to meet Pakistani PM’s national security advisor Mr Sartaj Aziz but was arrested by authorities along with party general secretary Molana Abdullah Tari, which is extremely condemnable,” a party spokesperson in a statement issued to media said. He termed such attitude of India as “a ploy to run away from talks with Pakistan” and said the New Delhi never showed seriousness when it came to dialogue but “always played such gimmicks to derail the process." The spokesperson made it clear that by turning the whole valley into a jail and by arresting the resistance leaders, the freedom movement will not come to halt “but will continue to invoke pressure from international community upon India to resolve the long pending issue of the subcontinent." He suggested India not to try to be “hegemonic” nation in the region “if it (India) wants peace in the subcontinent.” “Besides, New Delhi should maintain cordial relations with all its neighbors including Pakistan and express its willingness to resolve the Kashmir dispute through implementation of UN resolutions." Lauding the statement of Mr Sartaj Aziz, Freedom Party spokesperson termed the Pakistan’s stand vis-à-vis NSA level talks as “encouraging”. “Pakistan has played a vital role with regard to finding a justifiable solution to Kashmir issue, maintaining peace in the region, fighting terrorism and keeping cordial relations with its neighbors." India should understand that in order to ensure lasting peace in the South Asia, the solution to Kashmir issue is vital,” he added. The spokesperson also criticized the Indian media and state’s pro-India politicians for “putting hindrances in way of Indo-Pak talks” through their “distasteful behavior and politically motivated statements”, respectively. Meanwhile, Freedom Party strongly condemned the fresh arrest spree of its leaders and activists among which Engineer Farooq Ahmad, Muhammad Saeed, Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Amin (Littar, Pulwama), Bashir Ahmad Gattoo and dozens of others were arrested during nocturnal raids by police. The current state administration surpassed the record of its predecessors in inflicting tyranny and brutality upon the people,” the spokesperson added.

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