K-Issue Discourse at Intl Level Victory for Kashmiris: Shabir Shah



Terming the “rising discourse on Kashmir issue” at global forums as “moral victory” for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairperson Shabir Ahmad Shah Friday said, “India has to succumb to world pressure (of resolving the dispute), sooner or later.”

He urged New Delhi to “respond positively to initiatives of Pakistan” and express willingness to “resolve the Kashmir dispute through trilateral dialogue”.

In a party statement, Shah termed “India’s refusal to accept Kashmiri resistance leadership as stakeholder of dispute as frustration” and narrow mindedness”.

“All the United Nations member countries acknowledge that Kashmir is the main issue between India and Pakistan which needs to be resolved through implementation of UN resolutions or tripartite talks. It’s so unfortunate and sickening that India simultaneously beats the drums of talks and resorts to rhetoric of ‘integral part’ vis-à-vis Kashmir, which is hypocritical approach on its part,” Shah who continues to be under house arrest said.

“If Kashmir is not an issue between India and Pakistan, what are the skirmishes and firings at LoC aimed at? Are both nations going to start trade and exhibitions through gunfire? Why India ordered its forces to be ready for war with Pakistan? The reality is that neither of the nations can afford a limited war and all the contentious issues are to be resolved on table. If India is so sure about Kashmir being its integral part, it should without any worry conduct a referendum here,” he asserted.

DFP chairman reiterated that if the “Kashmir Issue is not resolved at earliest”, the threat of nuclear war will continue to loom the subcontinent. “India and Pakistan have been engaging in dialogue more than 100 times but proved futile due to non-inclusion of main stakeholder (Kashmiris)”.

Shah also lauded the stand of Pakistani leadership with regard to talks with India that ‘Kashmiris are the main stakeholders in dialogue’ and said the recent initiatives of dialogue between two nations failed “due to stubbornness of New Delhi.”

Meanwhile, Shabir Ahmad Shah while paying rich tributes to slain militants in Handwara and Rafiabad in North Kashmir said, “they sacrificed their lives for the noble cause of Kashmir and against the oppressive rule of India. We’ll always be indebted to their invaluable sacrifices.”

He severely condemned the “vandalizing of properties by army and police during encounter in Rafiabad”.


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