Shabir Shah urges Salahuddin to unite separatists

‘Handover Shrine Board To Kashmiri Pandits’

Srinagar, Oct 29: Underscoring the need for unity among separatists, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah on Monday appealed the United Jihad Council Chairman Syed Salahuddin to intervene and play a role in the unification of separatists.
 Talking to KNS, Shah said the UJC Chief can play a vital role in sorting out of differences between separatist leaders. “I appeal UJC Chairman Syed Salahuddin to intervene for the unification of the Hurriyat leadership. We are fighting for the same cause and unification of the separatist leadership across the board is in the interest of the cause”, Shah said.
 He said the Hurriyat (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani should have consulted other resistance leaders before threatening the government with launching an agitation after Eid-ul-Azha against the proposed construction of macadamized road to the Amarnath cave.
 He said the agitation threat by Geelani was not issued after consultation with other leaders of the separatist camp or the Hurriyat Conference. “Geelani Sahab has neither contacted us nor consulted us. In my opinion, he should have contacted Mirwaiz Sahab, Malik Sahab and other Hurriyat leaders as we are all fighting for the same cause”, said Shah.
 On the proposed macadamization of the Amarnath route, he said that media has reported the news in detail and that more investigations were going on from Hurriyat side into the reports.
 Shah said Kashmiris have proved best hosts to the Yatris and would continue to do so. “We’re ready to carry them (Yatris) on our shoulders to the cave,” Shah added.
 He said that the control of the Amarnath Shrine Board should be given to Kashmiri Pandits. “I think there is hardly any Kashmiri member in the Shrine Board”.
 On the apology tendered by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to the families of martyrs for not being able to do enough for them, he said that it was the responsibility of resistance leadership to reach them. “I appreciate the statement of Mirwaiz Sahab, he has shown sincerity towards the nation”, said Shah. He was quick to add that for reaching out to them, Hurriyat has to be institutionalized. “Hurriyat has not been institutionalized yet. I have always been advocating the institutionalization of the Hurriyat”, he said.
 “There should be division of work in the Hurriyat.  One of the divisions should be given the responsibility to reach out to the families of the martyrs”, he said. “We’ve the large number of orphans and widows and we must take the responsibility towards them”, Shah added.
 Describing the sacrifices of people of Kashmir and the martyrs as the mile stone in highlighting the Kashmir issue, he said “It is the sacrifices of the people and the martyrs that the Mirwaiz Sahab is representing people of Kashmir in OIC and other conferences”. “Resistance leadership must formulate a roadmap for upliftment of these orphans and widows”, added Shah.
 Talking about the current situation of the Kashmir, he said that fake encounters, slapping of Public Safety Act (PSA) on minors and others, silence over the unidentified graves and house arrests of the resistance leaders are the stories of the present. “Our youth are being booked under fake cases and they are being suspected outside the State. It’ll continue until the Kashmir issue is resolved”, he added.
 He said Kashmiri jail inmates are being harassed and the objective of quashment of the PSA by courts is defeated through slapping PSA on the same person again and again.
 He said that the Kashmir issue is universally accepted dispute and President of America Barrack Obama during his visit to India admitted it.
 He said that the India has to respect the sentiments of the people of Kashmir. “Some of our fellow Kashmiris deceived the nation in 1975 by signing an accord. It (India) got independence in 1947 but has forced its imperialism on us”, he added. KNS

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