Kashmiris primary party to Kashmir dispute: Shabbir Shah

Srinagar, August 26, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir 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, Shabbir Ahmad 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” Shabbir 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 Kashmiris and Pakistan. I still have that letter with me,” he added.

Taking a dig at Sushma Swaraj for referring Hurriyet 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 Hurriyet 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 Kashmiris, 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, Shabbir Shah said Mujahideen gave a boost to the movement of Kashmir. “The way India celebrates Bhagat 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 and 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.

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