Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has decided to sit on a demonstration in Pratap Park on June 17 to protest what it called ‘the Indian oppression in the Valley’ and asked Kashmiris to observe complete shutdown on the eve of Prime Minister Mahmohan Singh’s visit.
“People should hold peaceful protests against the Indian oppression on the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Kashmir. International community should take notice of the critical situation in Kashmir and a strategy needs to be developed to face the challenges that the resistance movement is being challenged with”, the statement of DFP reads.
As per a statement, the DFP Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah has said, “Our political struggle is for the right to self-determination. The people who laid down their lives in the movement have internationalised the Kashmir issue. It is the responsibility of the political leaders to respect the sacrifices of the people and reach their mission to the logical conclusion.”
He has asked the freedom party members to reach out to the people and understand and help in solving their problems. Shah said that their movement is people’s movement and will get support if provide them well service.
“We have to work a lot to safeguard the sacrifices offered by people. We have to be answerable before the Almighty Allah,” he has said.
“The separatist leaders who have spent 10-15 years in jails are being awarded life imprisonments and the arrest of the Hurriyat leaders is going on. People are being implicated in false cases,” Shah said, reads the statement.
“In this regard they have to take two decisions- one we will hold a demonstration in Pratap park on June 17 so that prime Minister Manmohan Singh will get an idea that the ground situation is not good in Kashmir. Second is that to observe a complete strike on the visit of Mahmohan Singh is to send a message that Kashmiri’s wants a political solution to the Kashmir issue”, the statement said quoting Shah. The statement further reads that the decision was in this regard was taken during the meeting of Freedom party members at their office in which all the district heads and other party workers participated.