‘Sheikh Abdullah not a signatory to 1975 Accord’
NC Keyman Sheikh Nazir Says Delhi Follows Might-Is-Right Policy On Kashmir
Srinagar, Dec 7: Breaking his long silence, the ailing General Secretary of ruling National Conference, Advocate Sheikh Nazir Ahmed Friday accused New Delhi of following the policy of might-is-right in Kashmir, adding Kashmiris continue to suffer for no fault of theirs.
“Even after suffering for more than six decades, we still don’t know what our fault is? They (New Delhi) should tell us why we have been left to suffer. Government of India is following might-is-right policy on Kashmir,” Nazir, known for not talking much with the media, told Greater Kashmir in an exclusive interview.
Eyewitness to every political development of Kashmir in contemporary times, Nazir has not travelled to any country as he never applied for passport. He believes in the special status of J&K by virtue of Article 370.
To a query how he sees the 1975-Accord as Congress believes the pact “settled everything on Kashmir,” the septuagenarian NC General Secretary said the accord is documented and every Kashmiri should read it. “Sheikh Sahib was not directly involved in the 1975 exercise. It was Mirza Muhammad Afzal Beg and G Parthasarthy who were talking to each other. Sheikh Sahib was always concerned over what had happened with him in 1953. We had not lost much till 1953 but after his arrest erosion of autonomy started.”
“Before leveling allegations against Sheikh, people should read history and check the facts. The 1975 Accord doesn’t have the signature of Sheikh Sahib, neither was it tabled in the State legislature,” he said.
The NC ideologue said New Delhi always backtracked from its promises since 1952 Delhi Agreement was inked. “In 1953, Sheikh Sahib was arrested. Then after 1975, it was again New Delhi that withdrew support (in 1977),” said Nazir.
He said the people of Kashmir were always kept in dark. “We want to know what wrong have we done for which we are suffering. Forces continue to remain here. Now people are fighting against each other (in old city),” he said.
Asked what could be the solution of Kashmir issue given the present circumstances, Nazir remarked, “Kashmir needs a solution from God.”
Born in Soura, Srinagar, Sheikh Nazir is the son of Sheikh Muhammad Maqbool, elder brother of NC founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.
“Nazir Sahib’s father died before 1947 not before handing over his son’s hand to late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. So Nazir Sahib was adopted as another son by Sheikh Sahib,” said senior NC leader Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal.
Nazir lives with Kamaal in a same house near Nedous Hotel where late Sheikh Abdullah used to live till 1982 after shifting his base from Soura.
Nazir passed Law in 1960 from Aligarh Muslim University. He has also practiced with Mirza Afzal Beg in J&K High Court. Nazir was arrested in 1965 when G M Sadiq was the Chief Minister. “He was interrogated brutally, with the result he developed several diseases,” Kamaal said.
On the political knowledge of Nazir, Kamaal said, “He speaks truth. He knows the reason and meaning of even punctuation marks of all accords.”
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