urges US President Joe Biden to help resolve Kashmir dispute
Islamabad: Acting Chairman Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom
Party (JKDFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar while congratulating the
US President Elect Joe Biden on his historic win has expressed
the optimism that the newly elected president would play his
pivotal role in seeking a peaceful settlement of the long-running
In a statement issued here on Monday, the DFP leader while
referring to America's longstanding position on Kashmir said,
"The people of Kashmir
hope that the United States of America under the dynamic leadership
of President Joe Biden will persuade the Indian government to
restore fundamental freedoms in Kashmir that remain severely curtailed
since the BJP government stripped the region of its special status
last year". Given the volatile situation in the Indian occupied
territory of Jammu and Kashmir Saghar said that it was high time
that the US president-elect should take effective cognizance of
the situation in the held territory and use his good offices and
influence upon Indian government to address the issue in its historic
perspective. Stressing the need for early resolution of the Kashmir
dispute he said that peace and stability in South Asia was inescapably
linked to a just and amicable settlement of Kashmir conflict on
the basis of the universally accepted principle of right to self-determination.
Appreciating president Biden's recent statement in which he had
emphasized on the restoration of fundamental freedoms of Kashmiri
people, Saghar sought the US president's deeper engagement in
resolving the deadly conflict that has been cause and consequence
of rights violations in the region.
Meanwhile, the DFP spokesman in a separate statement condemned
the stepped up human rights violations and killing of innocent
Kashmiri youth by Indian forces. The spokesman paid rich tributes
to youth who were killed by occupation forces during a crackdown
in Machil area of Kupwara.
Massacre of Muslims in Jammu, worst form
of ethnic cleansing: Saghar
Islamabad: While paying eulogizing tributes
to martyrs of Jammu, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party
(JKDFP) has said that the massacre of Muslims in Jammu was the
most horrible incident of Kashmir that continues to haunt Kashmiris
despite the passage seventy years.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, the DFP acting chairman
Mehmood Ahmed Saghar said, "Hindu chauvinists aided and
abetted by Dogra Maharaja wiped out the entire Muslim population
of the entire province with a mala-fide intent to alter demography
of the region".
Terming it as a worst example of genocide and ethnic cleansing
Saghar said that during the intervening period of time (27 Oct
1947 to 6 Nov 1947) thousands of Muslims were massacred in Jammu
region by mobs led by the extremist Hindus, whereas tens of
thousands of hapless families were forced to flee and take refuge
in newly formed state of Pakistan.
He said that a chronology of key events of Kashmir history
amply demonstrate the fact that changing demographic complexion
of Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir had always been
on the cards from day one. The Muslims, he said constituted
more than 60 percent of the population of Jammu region, were
reduced to a minority after killing more than two lakh (two
hundred thousands) Muslims.
Saghar said that stripping Jammu and Kashmir of its decades'
old special status and doing away with article 35-A was part
of this sinister design to convert Muslim majority of the state
DFP condemns continued bloodshed, systematic
genocide of Kashmiri youth
DFP condemns continued bloodshed, systematic
genocide of Kashmiri youth by Indian forces
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP)
on Thursday while condemning the continued bloodshed and systematic
genocide of Kashmiri youth by the Indian occupation forces paid
rich tributes to three Kashmiri youth who embraced martyrdom
during CASO in Sugan areas of Shopian district yesterday.
In a press statement the DFP spokesman said that Indian forces
deployed in length and breadth of the valley have been engaged
in genocide of the Kashmiri people.
"Cordon and search operations, arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial
killings and forced disappearance and killing of spree of young
boys is part of this grand conspiracy aimed at changing the
demography of the Muslim majority state", the spokesman
said adding that fast spreading structures of violence in the
shape of sprawling military camps continue to threaten the lives
of people particularly the youth who were being harassed and
humiliated by the occupation forces day in and day out.
Voicing serious concerns over the deteriorating situation in
the region the DFP spokesman urged the international community
to impress upon the Indian government to stop the reckless violence
and bloodshed and grant the people of Jammu and Kashmir their
inalienable right to self-determination.
Prolonged military occupation of Kashmir
a threat to regional peace: DFP
Srinagar: Terming 27th October as one
of the darkest chapters of Kashmir's recent history Jammu and
Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has appealed to the Kashmiris
on both sides of the ceasefire line and the world over to observe
it as black day as a mark of protest against India's prolonged
military occupation over the territory.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, the DFP spokesman while
referring to devastating impacts of the illegal occupation said
that the invasion of Kashmir by India on 27 October 1947 was
a naked aggression devoid of legal and moral justification.
Terming it as an atrocious attack on the political and democratic
rights of millions of Kashmiris he said on this fateful day
the so-called democratic state had brazenly violated the international
law by usurping the fundamental rights of the people of Kashmir.
Recalling Kashmiris' historic resistance against the Indian
occupation he said, "Despite suffering at the hands of
Indian tyrants the valiant people of Kashmir have never accepted
its dominance in the region". "Kashmiris have an enviable
tradition of fighting against oppressors", he said adding
that neither have they accepted the hegemony of the Indian state
in the past nor will they accept it in the future.
About the Modi government's unlawful actions it had taken on
5th August, last year, he said Kashmiris have fairly and squarely
rejected the move and there were no takers in Kashmir of what
the BJP remorselessly sells to keep intact its vote bank. He
said any resolution or law amended or adopted by the Indian
parliament cannot supersede the UN resolutions which clearly
state that no country can change the disputed status of Jammu
and Kashmir unilaterally.
Urging the Kashmiri diaspora community to play its proactive
role to expose India's prolonged military occupation and its
expansionist designs in the region the spokesman said that the
world needs to realize the dangerous impacts of 73-year long
Indian occupation, which he said was a threat to regional peace.
DFP urges world community to help-stop
genocide of Kashmiri youth
Srinagar: Voicing its serious concern over the continued bloodshed
in the Indian occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Democratic
Freedom Party has urged the international community to help
stop systematic genocide of Kashmiri youth by the Indian occupation
In a statement issued from Srinagar a spokesman of the DFP
while condemning the recent killing spree of youth in Srinagar,
Shopian and other areas of the valley said, "Innocent and highly
educated were being targeted killed during siege and search
operations while residential houses were put on fire deliberately
to destroy Kashmiris' economy".
Terming it a part of India's conspiracy he said that the systematic
genocide of Kashmiri youth by the Indian forces was meant to
convert the Muslim-majority status of Kashmir into a minority.
Reiterating Kashmiris' pledge to take the ongoing liberation
struggle to its logical end he said that such mean tactics by
the Indian government would not deter the valiant people of
Kashmir from pursuing their collective cause for which they
have rendered matchless sacrifices.
Urging the global community to help-stop the bloodbath of innocent
civilians in the restive region, he said that the fast deteriorating
situation in the region poses a serious threat to Kashmiris'
AI being punished for exposing BJP's
brutal face in IoK: Mehmood Saghar
treated like third class citizens in India
Islamabad: Condemning India government's despotic attitude
towards global rights group the Amnesty International (AI) The
acting president Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party
(DFP) Mehmood Ahmad Saghar has that the AI was being punished
for exposing the ugly face of the RSS influenced fascist regime
led by Hindu supremacist Narendra Modi. In a media interview
the DFP leader while commenting on the reasons that forced the
global watchdog to halt its operations in India said the AI
had actually released a series of eye-opening reports focusing
on how the human rights of Kashmiris were being trampled down
under the jackboots and how the lawless laws like PSA, AFSPA
and other laws were being used by Indian to suppress the legitimate
voice of Kashmiris. "Not only in Kashmir the AI exposed
the RSS and BJP's communal policies and state-repression in
the recent communal riots that have shaken the entire Indian
state", he said adding that the human rights organizations
all over the world including Pakistan Should raise their voice
against the Indian government that has worst track record of
muzzling the voices of dissent. He said that the Indian under
Modi has become a totalitarian Hindu state where there is no
space for people hailing from minority communities like Muslims,
Dalits, Christians and Sikhs. "Minorities are treated like
third class citizens in India, which claims to be the world's
largest democracy", he said adding that the AI was now
being subjected to vilification campaign for raising the voice
for voiceless who continue to suffer under the new wave of communal
violence being lamented by none but the incumbent government
that thrived and came to power on this divisive agenda. He said
that it was quite unfortunate that every Indian government had
treated rights groups like criminal enterprises and did not
allow them to work freely whether they worked in occupied Kashmir
or in other Indian states. Referring to India's Antagonistic
policies towards Kashmir and Kashmir he said, "Times have
changed, today India is being recognized in the world as a totalitarian
state that has used every means of oppression and suppression
to crush the Kashmiris' legitimate struggle". The world
he said knowhow unabashedly the Indian state was using colonial
tactics such as extra-judicial killings, forced disappearances,
fake encounters, genocide and sexual violence as a weapon of
war to subjugate and silence Kashmiris who have rendered matchless
sacrifices for their freedom". Referring to India's expansionistic
designs in Kashmir the Hurriyat leader said, "Age-old laws
like Jammu and Kashmir Domicile law and other relevant laws
are being amended to pave the way for the settlement of Hindus
so that the Muslim majority population of the occupied valley
can be converted into a minority". He, however, maintained
that the politically conscious people of Kashmir would never
allow any such thing to happen in Kashmir. Kashmiris he said
were fighting for their legitimate right, which was guaranteed
to them by the international community. He said that it was
high time that the international community should realize its
responsibilities and help resolve the lingering dispute to ensure
durable peace in the region.
DFP thanks president Erdogan for raising
K-issue at world forum
Condemns victimization of
Shah's family by ED authorities in IoK
Islamabad: Acting Chairman Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom
Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar on Friday extended his profound gratitude
to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan for raising the issue
of Kashmir during his speech at the UN general assembly.
In a statement issued Saghar while highlighting president Erdogan's
commitment and sympathy with the people of Kashmir said that
Turkey's consistent support for the resolution of Kashmir dispute
has been a source of great inspiration for the people of Kashmir.
"The struggling people of the Indian occupied Jammu and
Kashmir owe a debt of gratitude to president Erdogan and the
people of Turkey who besides highlighting the plight of Kashmiris
have strongly condemned India's illegal occupation and the atrocities
being inflicted upon the people of Kashmir by Indian forces.
Saghar expressed the hope that the world leaders would follow
president Erdogan and support his call for an early and amicable
solution of the lingering Kashmir dispute.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the DFP leader condemned
in strong terms the victimization of the incarcerated party
chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah's family by the occupation authorities.
Terming it as an act of political vengeance he said, "After
arresting Shabir Ahmed Shah in a 13-year old fabricated case,
the Indian authorities have now launched a full-scale smear
campaign and witch-hunt against Shah's wife Dr. Bilquees Shah.
"Dr. Bilquees and her children are being harassed and
humiliated just to break the political will of Shabir Ahmed
Shah and prevent him from pursuing his noble ideals for which
he had spent 33-years of his life in Indian jails.
Urging world human rights organizations to take effective notice
of the matter the DFP leader said that victimization of pro-freedom
leaders and terrorizing their family members was being used
by Indian authorities as a weapon of war to silence the voice
of dissent in the region.
DFP urges global community to help stop
HR violations in IoK
Islamabad: The acting chairman Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar
has urged the International community to take effective notice
of the simmering situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir
In a statement issued here on Friday, Saghar while referring
to the dire human rights situation in the region said, "The
cordon and search operations carried out by Indian troops in
length and breadth of the valley day in and day out have created
an environment of fear among people in the valley. India he
said has turned the disputed territory into living hell for
its citizens where civilians particularly the youth were being
killed, maimed and murdered ruthlessly by the Indian occupation
forces in fake encounters.
Urging the international community to take effective cognizance
of the Indian brutalities in Kashmir he said that it was high
time that the global community should come forward in a big
way to help-stop India's naked aggression against defenseless
Kashmiris who were caught between a dangerous conflict and the
Saghar felicitates Pakistan on its independence
DFP urges Kashmiris to observe
15 August as Black day
Islamabad: Acting Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom
Party (DFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has extended his heartiest
felicitations to the people and the government of Pakistan on
their Independence Day.
In a statement issued here on Thursday Saghar while conveying
his best wishes for peace and prosperity of Pakistan said, "The
struggling people of Jammu and Kashmir are highly grateful to
the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for its all out moral, political
and diplomatic support to our just and legitimate struggle".
He expressed the optimism that Pakistan would continue its
all out support to Kashmiris' legitimate struggle till they
achieve their cherished goal of right to self determination
for which they have offered unprecedented sacrifices.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement a spokesperson of the DFP
urged the people of Kashmir to observe Indian Independence Day
as Black Day as a mark of protest against India's forcible occupation
of Kashmir. Terming India as usurper he said that the country
that has deprived millions of Kashmiris from their fundamental
rights and snatched their fundamental freedoms by occupying
their motherland has no justification, whatsoever, to observe
DFP remembers Shaheed-e-Azeemat Sheikh
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic
Freedom Party has paid glowing tributes to renowned Kashmiri
leader Shaheed-e-Azeemat Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his 12th martyrdom
In a statement issued here on Monday the DFP spokesman while
highlighting the supreme sacrifices rendered by the martyred
leader said that Shaheed Sheikh Abdul Aziz was a man of honesty
and integrity who devoted his entire life for the Kashmir cause.
Referring to the martyred leader's role in the ongoing liberation
struggle the spokesman said that he was one of the pioneers
of the freedom movement who went through trials and tribulations
during his years' long struggle for right to self-determination.
Remembering the incarcerated party chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah's
years' long association with Shaheed-e-Azmat the spokesman said
that the duo had spent years together and worked selflessly
for the collective cause. He said that both the leaders were
leading a massive public rally on 11th August 2008 when Indian
troops opened fire on the rally that resulted in the martyrdom
of Sheikh Sahib.
The spokesman said that Sheikh Abdul Aziz Shaheed would be
remembered for a long time in the annals of Kashmir history
for his indomitable role in the freedom struggle.
DFP welcomes UNSC's recent meeting on
Islamabad: Jammu and Kashmir
Democratic Freedom Party has welcomed the 5th August UN Security
Council meeting that discussed the Kashmir dispute and the prevailing
situation in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement issued here on Saturday the DFP acting chairman
Mehmood Ahmed Saghar while terming a positive development said
that it was for the 3rd time that highest diplomatic forum had
met to discuss situation in the region since India had illegally
abrogated article 370 and 35-A under which a special autonomy
was guaranteed to Kashmiris.
"The UNSC meeting amply demonstrates the fast-growing
realization about the dire humanitarian crisis in IoK at world
level", Saghar said adding that it was also a reaffirmation
of the fact that the world powers view the developments taking
place in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir as a threat to regional
peace and stability as well as the wellbeing of Kashmiri people.
He said that the Indian government must realize these ground
realities accept that the Kashmir dispute couldn't be just ignored
or swept under the carpet.
Meanwhile, Saghar voiced his party's serious concern over the
continued illegal detention of the incarcerated party chairman
Shabir Ahmed Shah and other Kashmiri prisoners who have been
arrested under notorious public safety act before and after
5th August 2019.
Saghar seeks world leaders' attention
towards India's settler colonialism in IoK
Islamabad: The Acting chairman Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has
urged the P-5 countries to take effective notice of India's
settler colonialism drive intended to replace the indigenous
population with a new society of settlers in the occupied Kashmir.
In a joint communiqué addressed the leaders of P5 countries
and the UN chief Mr. António Guterres, the DFP leader
said that the events unfolding in the disputed territory reflect
settler-colonialism policies of the Indian state, which he said
violate the sanctity of the UN resolutions on Kashmir.
Referring to 5th August 2019 move by the Indian state he said
that the contentious move was an act of aggression and an outrageous
assault on the rights of the people of the state, who he said
have been time and again pushed into throes of instability and
perpetual violence by the Indian state.
"Strip the territory of its autonomous status by revoking
Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution last year was
a deep-rooted conspiracy to erase the Kashmiris' political,
cultural and national identity", the communiqué
said adding that the attempted annexation of Jammu and Kashmir
has pushed the region into a quagmire of uncertainty. Caught
between conflict and the coronavirus the joint communiqué
noted that a population of nearly 8 million people has been
under virtual siege for the past one year.
"While the world governments are hectically engaged in
combating the coronavirus the Indian government has remorselessly
used the COVID-19 situation as an opportunity to extend its
colonial agenda in the restive region by enforcing a set of
new laws that go against the rights and interests of the indigenous
population", the communiqué added.
Referring to India's nefarious designs the communiqué
further said, "To wipe out the state's homogeneous character
New Delhi has now started an inclusive settler-colonialism drive
under the garb of new domicile law to replace the indigenous
population with a new society of settlers".
"With the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian
Constitution, which had restricted land ownership to Kashmiri
state subjects, a series of new laws were enforced in the state
that besides opening floodgates for Indian settlers will enable
them to have more capital to take over Kashmiri lands",
the communiqué said.
He pointed out that the Indian government has now come up with
another dangerous plan that gives sweeping powers to the Indian
army to acquire more land in Kashmir. The motive behind this
move he said was to establish settlements in the so-called strategic
areas to house the Indian citizens thereafter granting them
citizenship under the new domicile laws.
The amendments in the law he said will expedite the process
of demographic changes in the occupied territory. "Along
with land grab, capitalist accumulation and resource extraction
there are other dangerous aspects of settler-colonial state
formations, which pose a serious existential threat to Kashmiris",
Saghar said adding that apart from these tactical moves the
wanton killings of youth, systematic genocide & policy of
dehumanization of indigenous people on the other hand depict
terrifying and dark aspects of the Indian military occupation.
Urging the world leaders to stop Indian from changing demography
in the disputed territory, he said, "Kashmir remains to
be the core issue that needs to be resolved for the sake of
durable peace and stability in the region". Urging p5 countries
to take serious notice of the fast deteriorating political and
human rights situation in the region he said that influential
world governments must develop pressure on the government of
India to reverse these actions, which he said were in open contravention
of the UN resolutions prohibiting the parties concerned from
taking any unilateral action aimed at changing the disputed
nature of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Saghar seeks HR bodies' role in early
release of Shabir Ahmed Shah
Islamabad: Condemning in strong terms
the illegal detention of party Chairman the Acting Chairman
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has sought world
human rights bodies' role in the early release of Shabir Ahmed
Shah (SAS) who has been languishing in Tihar Jail for the last
Terming the illegal imprisonment of Shah as a deep rooted conspiracy
to suppress voice of dissent in Kashmir Saghar in a statement
issued here on Monday said that the ailing Hurriyat leader was
being deliberately punished for his unprecedented and indomitable
role in the Kashmiris' ongoing freedom struggle against the
Indian illegal occupation.
Despite launching a vicious smear campaign against Shabir Ahmed
Khan and his associates the DFP leader said that the Indian
agencies have miserably failed to produce any solid evidence
against the DFP chairman and other Hurriyat leaders. The vilification
campaign against Shah by Indian authorities, he said, was a
deliberate attempt to denigrate and disparage his image in the
public. The vicious campaign against the Kashmiri leadership
he said was intentionally launched to deter the resistance leadership
from voicing the sentiments of their nation.
Urging world human rights organizations to take effective notice
of the fast deteriorating health condition of Shah and other
Hurriyat leaders Saghar stated that Mr. Shah who has been suffering
from multiple ailments was not receiving proper medical treatment
in the highly congested jail, which he said has been declared
as a hotbed of the novel coronavirus.
He said that Indian authorities' intent to keep Kashmiri Hurriyat
leaders behind the bars was part of India's grand design to
render the movement leaderless. Terming it as a manifestation
of colonial mentality Saghar said that Indian rulers must bear
in mind the fact that these inhuman, immoral and undemocratic
tactics will not deter the resistance leaders like Shah from
advocating their just cause. Terming SAS as the pioneer of the
ongoing freedom movement Saghar said that the SAS had devoted
his entire life for the cause. During his life long struggle
Saghar said that SAS had spent 33 years in different Indian
prisons, detention and interrogation centers.
It may be recalled here that Shabir Ahmed Shah was arrested
by Indian investigation agency (NIA) on 25 July 2017 in a decade
old case, which was quashed by a Indian court after the occupation
authorities miserably failed to produce any evidence against
him. Shah was later shifted to New Delhi and since then he has
been languishing in the Tihar jail along with dozens of high
profile Hurriyat leaders including, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem
Ahmed Khan Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Shah, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehrajudin,
Shahidul Islam, Asiya Indrabi, Masrat Alam, J&K Bar Association
president Mian Abdul Qayoom, and others.
Meanwhile, the DFP spokesman in a separate statement condemned
the continued arrest spree and bloodbath of innocent civilians
by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir and urged the world community
to take effective cognizance of Indian brutalities in the region.
19 July resolution marks Kashmiris' unconditional
love for Pakistan: Saghar
Islamabad: While terming 19th July resolution
as a historic document the acting chairman Jammu and Kashmir
Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has said that
on this day in 1947 Kashmiri leadership had decided to link
their future with the nascent state of Pakistan.
In a special message released on the Day, Saghar said that
this day had also assumed great significance in the history
of Kashmir because the historic resolution was adopted a month
before the creation of Pakistan and India under the Partition
Plan on August 14 and 15 respectively. "This was the reason
that the 14th August, the day when Pakistan came into being
as a sovereign independent state, was celebrated throughout
the state with great fanfare", he said adding that it was
an undeniable fact that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is geographically,
historically and culturally and ethnically linked to the state
Referring to the matchless sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri
nation he said, "During the decades' long struggle Kashmiris
have witnessed relentless massacres, molestation of women, random
killings of political leaders and workers, and custodial killings
at the hands of Indian occupation forces". He pointed out
that thousands of people have been severely tortured and rendered
disabled while the human rights violations at the hands of Indian
occupation troops have become order of the day.
Reiterating Kashmiris' pledge to take the ongoing liberation
movement to its logical conclusion the DFP leader said that,
"Kashmiri people will never give up in the face of Indian
Referring to the Machiavellian Machinations by the Indian state
he said that the BJP led government in New Delhi was hell bent
on changing the demographic completion of the state by granting
citizenship and other rights to non-Kashmiris. He, however,
maintained that the Indian tactics to stifle Kashmiris' legitimate
struggle has miserably failed.
July 13 incident cornerstone of ongoing
freedom struggle: DFP
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic
Freedom Party has paid rich tributes to July 13 martyrs.
In a statement issued here on Monday the DFP spokesman while
recalling the supreme sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs said that
the valiant struggle of Kashmiris against despotic Dogra Maharaja
was a cornerstone of the ongoing struggle for right to self-determination.
Reiterating Kashmiri' resolve to carry forward the mission
of martyrs he said that the Kashmiri youth who have taken the
mantle of resistance were fully determined to take the ongoing
struggle to its logical conclusion.
Stressing the need for an early and amicable solution of Kashmir
dispute the spokesman said that a just and equitable solution
of the lingering dispute was essentially imperative to ensure
durable peace besides putting an end to looming, ever-present
threat of nuclear war between the South Asian nuclear neighbors
Meanwhile, the DFP spokesman condemned in strong terms the
arrest of senior Hurriyat leader and Chariman of Tehreek Hurriyat
Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and chairman of Muslim
League Farooq Ahmed Tawhidi by occupation authorities. Terming
it as Indian age-old tactics to suppress voice of dissent in
Kashmir he said such mean tactics won't deter Kashmiri resistance
leadership from pursuing the collective cause of freedom from
India's illegal occupation.
DFP stresses on early, amicable
settlement of Kashmir dispute
Pays tribute to Shaheed Burhan
Wani and other martyrs
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party while
reiterating its call for a peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute
has said that the continued bloodshed in the disputed territory
of Jammu and Kashmir merits an urgent humanitarian intervention
from the international community.
The call was made during the party's CEC meeting, which was
specially summoned here on Tuesday to discuss the prevailing
political and human rights situation in the region. The meeting
held under the chairmanship of Acting Chairman Mehmood Ahmed
Saghar was attended by the CEC members from Jammu province through
While expressing serious concerns over the rising tide of violence
in the region the meeting, "Rights situation in Kashmir
has deteriorated to such a dangerous level where international
community's response and role to monitor and address the abysmal
and erratic situation is felt inescapably inevitable".
As the rights situation in the disputed region touched to lowest
ebb last week, the participants of the meeting maintained that
an urgent international intervention was required to address
the highly complicated situation Kashmiris were trapped in for
the last several months.
Referring to India's traditional intransigence the meeting
observed that a multilateral approach was must to seek settlement
of Kashmir dispute. Since the bilateral approach has miserably
failed to yield desired results the CEC meeting observed that
a multilateral approach, engagement and cooperation was needed
to resolve the long-drawn conflict, which they said have consumed
three generations and still continues to threaten the existence
of yet another generation. About the persisting hostile situation
in the region the meeting said that a deep engagement and involvement
on the part of world institutions and influential governments
was the only way to break the logjam on Kashmir.
The meeting, while condemning the use of brute force to suppress
the voice of dissent in Kashmir, said that India has remorselessly
been using Covid-19 situation as an excuse to extend its illegal
lockdown in Kashmir besides advancing its colonial agenda in
Taking strong exception to the rising incidents of civilian
killings in the valley the meeting said that the occupation
authorities' every single act reflected a common pattern of
genocide meant to change the state's demographic composition.
Terming it as a flagrant violation of the international covenants
the meeting said that any such attempt meant to change the region's
demography constitutes a crime under Geneva Conventions law.
The meeting while paying rich tributes to Shaheed Burhan Muzaffar
Wani and other Kashmiri martyrs said that Kashmiri youth have
kept the flame of freedom burning by offering supreme sacrifices.
Reiterating Kashmiris' pledge to uphold the martyrs' mission
the DFP meeting said that the ongoing struggle for right to
self-determination will continue on all fronts despite the Indian
oppression. The participants of the meeting urged the people
of Kashmir to observe a complete shutdown tomorrow (8th July)
as a mark to pay homage to Shaheed Burhan on his fourth martyrdom
The meeting also voiced its serious concern over the continued
illegal detention of Shabir Ahmed Shah and other Hurriyat leaders.
Calling for early release of Kashmiri prisoners the meeting
said that during the pandemic the deliberate act to keep Kashmiri
prisoners in highly congested prisons was not only immoral and
illegal but a serious violation of the basic human rights.
Sopore killing worst form of Indian-state-terrorism:
Srinagar: Voicing serious concern over
the recent spate of violence in the occupied Kashmir, Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has said that callous murder
of a civilian right in front of his grandson by the Indian forces
was a worst of form of state-sponsored-terrorism.
In a statement issued here on Thursday the DFP spokesman said
that the human rights situation in the troubled region was deteriorating
day by day. He said that the shocking incident that left everyone
shell-shocked in and outside Kashmir was the result of the unbridled
powers the occupation forces were enjoying under draconian laws
enforced in the state. Referring to various incidents of violence
he said that a similar incident took place in Budgam a couple
of months ago where a young boy was dragged out of his car and
shot dead by the Indian army. "It is this culture of impunity
that has significantly contributed to the state violence and
killing of innocent civilians by the Indian forces", the
spokesman said adding that the Indian troops deployed in length
and breadth of the valley were hell bent on to convert Kashmir
into an open air graveyard by resorting to the killing of innocent
Urging the international community to stop the continued bloodbath
of innocent civilians in Kashmir he said that these spine chilling
incidents of violence would continue to occur in Kashmir unless
the lingering dispute was resolved peacefully in accordance
with the UNSC resolutions.
Meanwhile, during a condolence meeting, the DFP expressed heartfelt
condolences to senior stalwart of the resistance movement Nazir
Ahmed Khan whose son was martyred by the Indian occupation forces.
Paying great tributes to Kashmiri martyrs the participants of
the meeting reiterated Kashmiris' unflinching resolve to uphold
and fulfill the martyrs' mission.
Issuance of domicile to outsiders a ploy
to disenfranchise Kashmris: DFP
Srinagar: While expressing serious concern
over the issuance of domicile to non-state subjects Jammu and
Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has said that the illegal move
aimed at disenfranchising Kashmiris was part of India's sinister
design to convert Kashmiri Muslims into a minority in their
In a statement issued here on Monday the DFP spokesman while
highlighting the dangerous dimensions of the move said that
the induction of new rules in domicile law by the Indian government
was a disastrous recipe taken from Israel to change the demographic
structure of the held territory and to convert Muslim majority
state into minority. "The move fraught with serious political
ramification on the region is a deep rooted conspiracy against
Kashmiris", he said adding that an atmosphere of violent
uncertainty and chaos in Kashmir suits well to Indian military,
which has developed deep interests in the region. "It is
this ever growing interest of the Indian occupation army that
forces it to keep its pot boiling in the region, '' the spokesman
said, adding that the occupation authorities' policy of granting
promotion and cash rewards to army for killing Kashmiri youth
have wreaked havoc in the region. This terrific policy he said
has led to a series of fake encounters in which innocent youth
were killed in cold-blood.
Terming the issuance of domicile certificates to the locals
as illegal and against the International law and the UN resolutions
specifically 4th Geneva Convention he said that on one hand
Indian authorities were busy killing innocent civilians while
on the other settler colonialism was in full swing in the region.
Reiterating Kashmiris' pledge to thwart Indian expansionist
designs the spokesman further said the people of Kashmir had
rejected the bogus domicile certificates as it was purely aimed
at changing the demography of the UN-recognised disputed territory
for which the UN had passed several resolutions for its final
Urging the United Nations and the international community to
take effective notice of the situation in the region the DFP
spokesman said that it was high time that the UN should come
forward in a big way to stop India from changing the Muslim
majority status of Kashmir into a minority.
Media Policy-2020 an atrocious assault
on press freedom in IoK: DFP
Srinagar: Hitting out at Indian occupied
Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK government over new media policy the
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has said
that the new Media Policy-2020 was akin to suppress the voices
of dissent in the region.
Terming it as yet another attack on journalists and the freedom
of press, the JKDFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar
said that the media policy was a crafty move on the part of
puppet authorities was a malicious attempt to bring down the
free-media and journalists who played crucial role in exposing
Indian brutalities and bringing Kashmir into international limelight
despite a suffocating military siege and communication blockade
imposed by the government of India after 5th August 2019.
Urging the international community to take effective notice
of the Indian highhandedness, the spokesman said that after
wreaking havoc on the lives of people the government of India
was hell bent on silencing the media to ensure a grave-yard
silence in the region. The media policy 2020, he said, was a
reflection of colonial mindset, which amply demonstrated that
Indian rulers and policy makers were still in the grip of a
He said that it was high time that the international Organizations
for Media Freedom should come forward in a big way to defend
the fundamental freedom of Kashmiri journalists and free-press
activists who were being deprived of their basic rights.
The spokesman also urged the world community to mount pressure
on Indian to revoke the newly introduced media policy to let
the media in Kashmir breathe freely. Reiterating his party's
full support to the journalist community the DFP spokesman said
the party will fight shoulder to shoulder with Kashmiri journalist
community to ensure freedom of press in the region. Highlighting
the importance of free press in conflict zones he said that
in war-ravaged societies like Kashmir media has played a significant
role in exposing brutalities and unending sufferings of the
victims of violence.
Saghar writes UN, OIC SGs about Shah's
falling health at Tihar Jail
Islamabad: Expressing serious concerns
over the fast deteriorating health condition of incarcerated
party chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah, Jammu and Kashmir Democratic
Freedom Party has sought the UN as well as the OIC secretary
generals'help in release of Shah and other Kashmiri prisoners
languishing in Indian jails.
In a joint communiqué addressed to the UN Secretary
General Antonio Guterres, the OIC secretary general Yousef bin
Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, and the UN Commissioner for Human Rights
the DFP acting chairman Mehmood Ahmed Saghar while highlighting
the plight of Kashmiri prisoners said that the Tihar prison
in New Delhi has become hotbed of the novel coronavirus.
The notorious Jail, he said, is one of the highly congested prisons
in which a majority of high profile Kashmiri Hurriyat (pro-freedom)
leaders including Shabir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Asiya
Indrabi, Mussarat Aalam Bhat, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Altaf Santosh,Main
Abdul Qayoom and over a dozen other political prisoners have been
detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA). "Having endured
frequent and intermittent periods of imprisonments for championing
Kashmiris'legitimate cause, this entire lot of resistance leaders
now in the vulnerable age group of 57-67 years is at high risk
for getting seriously ill from the fast spreading coronavirus
owing to their poor health and unhygienic prison conditions",
he said. Referring to the falling health condition of Shabir Ahmed
Shah, the DFP acting chairman said that the health condition of
Kashmiri prisoners particularly Shabir Ahmed Shah has worsened
to such a drastic level that he was not even able to stand and
walk without support. Mr. Shah, he said, was presently suffering
from constant fever, vomiting, sore throat and cough. "God
forbid these are signs and symptoms of the deadly novel corona",
he said adding that despite lodging many complaints, the Tihar
jail authorities remain rigidly unmoved in response to demands
and concerns being expressed by the ailing prisoner.
The DFP leader while making shocking revelations about the
inhuman treatment of Kashmiri detainees said, "Prisoners
complaining influenza, cough or sore throat, muscle and joint
pains, are being treated by simple Paracetamol pills".
This criminal negligence on the part of jail authorities he
warned had endangered the lives of Kashmiri prisoners. He said
that depriving inmates of the basic amenities including their
right to medical checkup and appropriate treatment was a flagrant
violation of international covenants. He said that Mr. Shah
the prisoner of conscience has already endured an imprisonment
of 33 years (From time to time) in Indian jails. Shah's detention
under PSA by the Indian NIA authorities he said had drawn widespread
condemnation from international human rights organizations.
Terming his detention as politically motivated Saghar said that
the frontline Human Rights Organizations such as the Amnesty
International (AI) has time and again called for unconditional
release of Mr. Shah and other illegally and unjustly detained
The Indian government he said remorselessly ignored and refused
to heed the rights bodies' call for the release of Shah and
other political prisoners despite knowing that its jam-packed
and unhygienic prisons may be courting disaster for the prisoners.
In a bid to stem the spread of virus in jails the joint communiqué
said that the Indian government has released thousands of prisoners
including those who have been involved in serious crimes but
the fascist regime ignored and refused to take notice of Kashmiri
prisoners'plight despite the fact that one of the Kashmiri prisoners
lodged in Allahabad jail died amid heightened coronavirus crisis.
"This deliberate act to keep Kashmiri prisoners in highly
congested prisons is not only immoral and illegal but a flagrant
violation of the international covenants", the communiqué
Citing the international covenants he said that under international
law prisoners are entitled to every human right and under no
circumstances can any authority take away a person's basic human
rights. The respective governments in India he said have ridiculously
dishonored these international agreements as well as their own
constitution that upholds and safeguards prisoners'fundamental
The communiqué further said, "Under international
law, India had an obligation to ensure the physical and mental
health and well-being of prisoners but for Indians all these
laws and international obligations become irrelevant when it
comes to question of granting any relief to prisoners from held
Demanding immediate release all illegally detained Kashmir
prisoners Saghar made a passionate appeal to the UN and OIC
secretary generals urging them to take effective notice of the
inhuman treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners at the hands
of Indian government. He urged both the leaders to use their
diplomatic clout to seek an early release of Shabir Ahmed Shah
and other Kashmiri prisoners who are caught between cruelty
and coronavirus in the notorious Tihar jail.
Indian aggression on LoC, a ploy to deflect world
attention away from Kashmir: Saghar
Islamabad, May 13: The Acting president Jammu Kashmir
Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar on Wednesday expressed
his grave concern over the worsening human rights situation
in occupied Kashmir and rising tensions on the Line of Control
In a press statement the DFP leader while condemning frequent
violations of Line of Control by Indian occupation forces, said,
that targeting of the civilian people of Azad Kashmir with heavy
artillery has become a new norm for the Indian forces
Terming it a ploy to deflect world attention away from the
dire humanitarian situation in the occupied territory of Jammu
and Kashmir Mr. Saghar urged the international community to
influence India to stop creating a war-like environment in the
Commenting on the threatening statements of the Indian rulers
he said it was unfortunate that Narendar Modi led fascist regime's
hostility and bellicosity in the region has surpassed all bounds
of civility. The Indian government he said was shamelessly using
violence as state policy to stoke hatred against Muslims in
India and Kashmir just to achieve its agenda of converting India
into a Hindu Rashtra.
Referring to the rights situation in the occupied Kashmir he
said that people in the disputed territory were made to suffer
under double lockdown. He said that India was using Israeli
war tactics to suppress Kashmiris' legitimate struggle for right
to self determination.
Urging world community to take stock of the situation in the
region he said that it was high time the civilized world should
play its due role in resolving the lingering Kashmir dispute,
which he said was the main cause of continued tension and unrest
in the region
DFP pays tribute to Naikoo and other martyrs
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party
has paid rich tributes to Hizb operational Commander Riyaz Ahmed
Naikoo and other martyrs who embraced Shahadat yesterday after
fighting a long battle against Indian occupation forces.
The DFP spokesman, in a statement issued in Srinagar on Thursday,
said, "The whole Kashmiri nation is deeply grieved over
the martyrdom of two brave hearts who sacrificed their precious
lives for the noble cause". He said that commander Naikoo
and Adil were the proud sons of the soil whose unwavering commitment
to the cause and years' long armed struggle against Indian imperialism
will remain an inspiration for the coming generations. Appreciating
people for showing great respect and love for the martyrs the
DFP spokesman said that biding a tearful and emotional farewell
to the martyrs amply demonstrates Kashmiris' allegiance and
commitment to the noble cause of freedom from Indian occupation.
Reiterating Kashmiris' pledge to take the ongoing freedom struggle
to its logical conclusion the spokesman further said that the
sacred blood of great martyrs would not go waste and the day
was not far when the Indian oppression would come to an end
in occupied Kashmir. He also paid tributes to dozens of Kashmiri
martyrs who were gunned down by occupation forces during cordon
and search operations in different areas of Kashmir.
Coronavirus threat: DFP seeks early release of Kashmiri
Rejects UK Labour Party chief's contention on Kashmir
rinagar: Reiterating its call for urgent release of
all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and political activists
the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has made a passionate
appeal to the international community urging it to help release
Kashmiri detainees from India's jam-packed prisons where there
is high risk of contagion.
In a statement issued here on Monday, a spokesman of the party
said that since India's packed prisons have raised Covid-19
alarm there was a dire need that India should release all unjustly
detained Kashmiris. Reminding the government of India about
its international rights obligations the spokesman said that
as per the international covenants New Delhi was duty bound
to protect safety of prisoners.
He said that keeping detainees in the overcrowded prisons,
which have emerged as potential infection hotspots was tantamount
to endanger prisoners' lives. Referring to dozens of top rank
Hurriyat leaders languishing in Tihar Jail, the DFP spokesman
regrettably noted that senior liberation leaders including Shabir
Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Asiya Indrabi and a number
of political activists arrested on trumped-up charges were being
made to suffer just for championing the Kashmiris' just cause
of right to self-determination. Terming the cases against Hurriyat
leaders as politically motivated the spokesman appealed the
world human rights defenders to help ensure protection of their
basic human rights to health, liberty, freedom of movement.
Referring to the worsening human rights situation in the occupied
Kashmir the spokesman said, "During the fresh acts of state
terrorism occupation forces have martyred 20 youth in the past
two weeks in South Kashmir". Urging world human rights
bodies to take stock of the situation in the region he said
that Kashmiris struck in a dual lockdown were made to suffer
in the holy month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Acting President Democratic
Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar took a strong exception to
UK Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer's contentions on the
issue of Jammu and Kashmir terming it as an attempt to distort
historical realities about Kashmir dispute.
"Kashmir is in no way a constitutional matter for India
but it remains to be one of the oldest unresolved issues pending
on the UN agenda". Referring to over a dozen UN resolutions
calling for holding a free, fair, impartial plebiscite in Kashmir
Saghar said that the UK was one of those great nations that
have wholeheartedly voted in favour of these historic resolutions
promising right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir.
He reminded Starmer that "Kashmir is a UN recognized disputed
that needs to be resolved peacefully on the basis of universally
accepted principle of right to self-determination".
DFP seeks end to systematic genocide in occupied Kashmir
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party
(JKDFP) while expressing grave concern over rising incidents
of Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir has called upon
the international community to take serious notice of what it
called the systematic genocide of Kashmiris.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the DFP spokesman said
that under a deep rooted conspiracy innocent youth were being
arrested and killed by Indian forces during cordon and search
operations. Referring to fresh acts of Indian state terrorism
the spokesman said "During its fresh acts of violence Indian
troops have killed dozens of youth in South Kashmir". He
pointed out that in less than 24 hours seven young boys were
callously killed by the forces. Terming it as worst kind of
state terrorism the spokesman said that Indian occupation forces
have broken all records of cruelty and barbarism by unleashing
reign of terror in the region.
The DFP spokesman appealed the world human rights organizations
to take notice of the Indian brutalities and play their proactive
role to stop this vicious cycle of violence in the region.
DFP seeks end to rights violations, persecution of
journalists in IoK
Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom
Party on Thursday took a strong exception to stepped-up human
rights violations and vicious campaign of persecuting journalist
by the Indian occupation forces in the occupied territory of
Jammu and Kashmir.
The Party's Central Executive Committee meeting while discussing
the simmering situation in the region said that Indian occupation
authorities have crossed all limits of barbarism thereby targeting
the vulnerable segments of the society. The CEC meeting, which
was specially addressed by the acting chairman Mehmood Ahmed
Saghar denounced in strong terms the New Delhi's vicious campaign
of persecuting Kashmir's top journalists who have used their
pen and camera to depict and describe the Kashmiris' painful
stories and to tell them to the outer world by risking their
own lives. "The journalists who have been reporting these
stories for years have unfortunately themselves become a story
now", the meeting regrettably noted and said that journalism
as a profession has become a biggest crime in Kashmir where
reporters are being summoned to police stations and army camps
to explain their stories to the men uniform. Condemning the
FIRs filed against renowned photo journalist Masrat Zuhra, Gowhar
Geelani, Peerzad Ashiq and others under the infamous UAPA the
meeting said that series of events reflect a dangerous pattern
of harassment, intimidation, threats and bullying into silence
the media persons who have exposed Indian brutalities and the
war crimes being committed by Indian forces.
Drawing parallels between AFSPA and the UAPA the meeting said
this anti-Kashmir act was enforced in the territory to choke
every voice of dissent in the valley. Denouncing massive crackdown
against media the meeting said, "Amidst of corona-crises
journalists in Kashmir are being frequently summoned by police,
and they are being thrashed, humiliated and harassed by the
authorities without any rhyme and reason". Referring to
the Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
the participants of the meeting said that Indian authorities'
attempt to curb the right to freedom of expression in Kashmir
was a serious violation of the international law.
"As per the covenant everyone has the right to freedom
of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold
opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart
information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers",
The meeting also deplored in strong terms the rising spade
of state-sponsored violence ahead of the Holy Ramadan. Citing
the fresh incidents of state-terrorism in south Kashmir's Shopian
and Kulgam district the DFP meeting sought international community's
intervention to help-stop bloodbath of innocent youth of Kashmir.
Terming it as a willful attempt of genocide and ethnic cleansing
on the part of government of India the DFP leaders' huddle urged
the world human rights organizations to redouble their efforts
to expose India's brutalities in Kashmir, which they said amounted
to serious war crimes.
Saghar urges UN SG to help stop India's constitutional
onslaught against Kashmiris
Islamabad: Seeking UN secretary general
Mr. Antonio Guterres's urgent attention towards the simmering
situation in the Indian held territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the
Democratic Freedom Party has appealed the UN chief to use his
full diplomatic clout to address the fast deteriorating situation
in the troubled region.
In a communiqué addressed to the UN Secretary General,
the DFP acting president Mehmood Ahmed Saghar while highlighting
the precarious situation in the restive region said, "At
a time when civilized world is hectically engaged in a war against
COVID-19 the Indian government is remorselessly hatching conspiracy
to subjugate Kashmiris". "Kashmiris who have endured
seven-month long suffocating military siege and information
blockade are now subjected to collective punishment by Indian
authorities", Saghar said adding that the Corona-virus
pandemic that has shaken the entire world has unfortunately
become a new tool for the Indian occupation authorities to harass
and humiliate Kashmiris.
India army troops he said were now haunting people especially
the corona-affected patients in the valley by using their phone
records, ATM histories and other information. Referring to Article
12 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he said
that this surveillance abuse by the army constitute a direct
infringement of people's right to privacy stated. The intensive
surveillance being practiced under the garb of Corona pandemic
he said has created a fear psychosis, which is unwarranted and
unfair to the people who continue to bear the brunt of reckless
use of violence by the occupying state.
"Even in this pandemic of epic proportions there is no
letup in Kashmir violence as arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial
killings and military crackdowns and nocturnal raids by the
Indian army continue unabated", the DFP leader said adding
that Civilian population was being harassed and humiliated by
the occupation forces under the pretext of corona-pandemic
"On the other hand there are thousands of Kashmiris including
political activists, lawyers, human rights activists, who continue
to languish in different jails, torture cells/interrogation
centers in and outside the valley of Kashmir", the communiqué
Saghar further stated that India has brazenly refused to heed
the United Nations' calls for the release of prisoners.
Seeking the UN chief's attention towards the recently introduced
changes in domicile law he said "In the midst of the CORONA
CRISIS, the government of India, in stark violation of the UN
resolutions, made drastic changes in the Domicile Law to pave
a way for non-state-subjects (outsiders) to settle in Kashmir
permanently". This arbitrary constitutional onslaught on
the state by New Delhi he said has triggered a fury in Kashmir
leaving inhabitants completely shell-shocked and traumatized.
"The law fraught with serious political ramification is
seen by locals as a conspiracy to change the demography of the
state and depriving them of their resources, jobs, identity,
cultural, land and above all the promised right of self-determination",
He pointed out that a cross section of Kashmiri society including
Muslims, Hindus, Dogras have expressed their strong resentment
over the redefinition of domicile rules and termed it as anti-Kashmir
He said that these actions were part of India's grand plan
to alter the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu
and Kashmir and to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that the newly introduced residence law by the government
has further deepened the fear of a demographic takeover as Indian
minister for internal affairs has already announced to create
separate townships to carve out Hindu-majority areas in and
around Srinagar, which he apprehended could be expanded further
to rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that a series of laws enacted in Jammu and Kashmir
by India, especially after 5th August 2019, flagrantly violate
the United Nations resolutions that strictly restrict and restrain
occupying states from altering demographic character of occupied
Saghar appealed the UN SG to take effective notice of the situation
in Kashmir and impress upon India to stop constitutional onslaught
against Kashmiris and revoke all these laws which violate the
United Nations resolutions.
India has turned Kashmir into a slaughter
Srinagar, Fri, Apr 10: Jammu Kashmir
Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has expressed grave concern
over the stepped up human rights violations and wanton killing
of Kashmiri youth by the Indian occupation forces in held Kashmir.
In a statement issued in Srinagar on Friday a spokesman of
the party (DFP) while condemning Indian state-terrorism in the
region said, "The trigger happy Indian occupation forces
have turned Kashmir into a virtual slaughter house where innocent
civilians are being killed ruthlessly without any rhyme and
Referring to recent incidents of Indian state terrorism the
spokesman said, "The killing of Kashmiri youths has become
a new norm for occupation forces who enjoy a culture of impunity
under various black laws enforced in the disputed territory.
He pointed out that the exemption from prosecution these black
laws provide to military personnel, is a major source of rampant
rights violations in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Highlighting the aggressive designs of the government of India
he said that the fascist government led by Modi was hell bent
on to suppress Kashmiris' struggle for right to self-determination.
Citing the incidents of violence and vandalizing of public properties
by the men in uniform he said, "The people of Kashmir who
have endured seven-month long suffocating military siege and
information blockade are now being subjected to collective punishment
by Indian forces who have converted the territory into the largest
militarized zone in the world". At a time when civilized
world is hectically engaged in a war against COVID-19 the DFP
spokesman added that India was remorselessly hatching conspiracy
to subjugate Kashmiris who have categorically refused to accept
India's colonial agenda and its motive to reduce Muslims to
He said that Indian nefarious designs to change the demography
of the disputed territory was a serious breach of international
humanitarian law. Urging world community to take effective notice
of the Indian expansionistic designs he said it was high time
that the world should respond positively to clarion calls emanating
from Kashmir and influence the government of India to reverse
and quash these unlawful laws.
The spokesman demanded immediate release of Kashmiri political
prisoners, including women, young boys and children, to save
them from the spread of coronavirus in the cramped concentration
camps and torture cells. He also expressed his gratitude to
the six international human rights organizations that have raised
their voice for the release of these prisoners.
Redefining domicile rules, an attempt to turn Kashmir
into another Gaza: Saghar
Islamabad, Fri, Apr 03: Jammu and Kashmir
Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has strongly condemned the
Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification regarding
amendment in Jammu and Kashmir Domicile law and termed it as
a deep rooted conspiracy intended to turn Kashmir into Palestine.
In a press statement issued here on Friday the DFP leader Mehmood
Ahmed Saghar said, "Under the garb of this newly introduced
law India is hell bent on turning the disputed territory of
Jammu and Kashmir into a colony there by expelling and replacing
existing population of the region by a settler population"..
"By virtue of this fresh order, India has virtually paved
a way for outsiders to settle in the state permanently besides
enabling them to be the claimants of the already existing jobs
in Jammu & Kashmir, where there is a massive unemployment
problem", Saghar added.
He, however, maintained that Kashmiris who have rendered tremendous
sacrifices for their noble cause will not allow India to change
Kashmir into another Gaza
Referring to the dangerous dimensions of the anti-Kashmir law
Saghar said that the amendments in the Kashmir's domicile law
were tantamount to open up floodgates for non-Kashmiris (Indians)
to settle in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He
said that while world was busy in fighting novel corona virus
pandemic India was hectically engaged in hatching conspiracies
against Kashmiris. India he said was hell bent on to snatch
away everything from Kashmiris to conquer and bring them into
Saghar said that since August 05 last year Indian has passed
a series of anti-Kashmiri laws which speak volumes about India's
aggressive designs against Kashmiris. These laws aimed at changing
the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir he said were against
the spirit of the universal declaration of human rights and
the UN resolution on Kashmir, which clearly say that no party
to the Kashmir dispute can alter the status of the disputed
territory singlehandedly. He said that it was high time that
the world should take effective notice of the India's constitutional
terrorism against Kashmir and hold India accountable of its
crimes committed against the people of Kashmir who he said were
engaged in a peaceful struggle to achieve the UN promised right
of right to self-determination.
Corona-virus threat: Saghar demands urgent release
of Kashmiri prisoners
Islamabad Wed, Apr 1: While voicing his serious concern
over the prevailing situation emerged after the rapidly increasing
number of Corona virus affectees in India senior vice president
of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed
Saghar has urged the government of India to release all Kashmiri
prisoners lodged in jails in and outside Kashmir, without any
"During a global pandemic, when people around the world
are isolated and social distancing is considered as the only
tool to control the COVID-19 outbreak, it's high time that India
should release under-trial detainees particularly the Kashmiri
prisoners who have been arrested after 5th August 2019 held
under preventive detentions in far-flung jails of India",
Saghar said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
Referring to the pathetic condition of Kashmiri prisoners held
in overcrowded Jails within and outside Kashmir valley, Mr.
Saghar said that most of the top rank Hurriyat leaders including
DFP president Shabir Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Yasin Malik,
Asiya Indrabi and others have been held under preventive detentions
in the notorious Tihar jail, where inmates were at high risk
of serious infection from corona-virus.
He said that the rapidly increasing number of Corona affected
people in India was a cause of serious concern for Kashmiris
as a large number of Kashmiris arrested by Indian authorities
since August 05 last years have been held in different Indian
jails in miserable conditions.
Expressing his concern over the prevailing political and human
rights situation in held Kashmir the DFP leader also urged India
to allow world health organizations and medical experts' entry
into occupied Kashmir to help identify and treat the victims
besides controlling and containing the further spread of the
virus in the restive region.
Stressing the need for immediate restoration of full-fledged
internet facility in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he said
that the lack of internet in the region has further complicated
the situation as people living in the territory were unable
to access websites that provide necessary information about
Demanding the government of Indian to implement international
protocols for quarantine and treatment of affected persons in
IoK Saghar said that government of India must allow foreign
health experts to Kashmir to assess on ground situation in the
Appreciating Human Rights Watch's recent statement regarding
the continued lockdown in Kashmir Saghar said that the world
human rights organizations should come forward in a big way
to put pressure on India to release Kashmiri prisoners whose
lives in jails are at grave risk of harm.
Saghar denounces Indian authorities for fabricating
false cases against JKLF chief
Islamabad Sun, Mar 22: Senior vice president
of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) Mehmood
Ahmed Saghar has strongly condemned Indian authorities for fabricating
false cases against JKLF chief Muhmmad Yasin Malik.
Terming the charges made against JKLF chairman as biased and
baseless Mr. Saghar in a statement issued here on Monday said
that Indian authorities were in a habit of leveling baseless
allegations against Kashmiris and implicating them in false
cases. He said that dozens of high profile Hurriyat leaders
including JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, DFP chairman Shabir
Ahmed Shah, Asia Indrabi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan and others have
been arrested and imprisoned by Indian authorities for crimes
they didn't commit. "It is not just a matter of top leadership
that has been a thorn in India's flesh", he said adding
that India actually wants to kill every dissenting voice in
Highlighting the Modi led fascist regime's dangerous game plan
the DFP leader said that the racist regime, which has apparently
exhausted all possible tactics to suppress Kashmiris' struggle
for right to self-determination, was now planning to eliminate
resistance leadership on one pretext or another. Highlighting
the JKLF chairman's supreme sacrifices and peerless contribution
in the ongoing liberation struggle Saghar said, "The leaders
of his ilk are being persecuted and punished by the Indian occupation
authorities just for advocating political rights of the people
of Jammu and Kashmir".
He regrettably noted that the Kashmiri political prisoners
languishing in different jails in and outside the occupied Kashmir
were not even being heard in the judiciary which had made the
situation more complicated for them.
Saghar said that New Delhi must realize the reality that it
cannot deter Kashmiri leaders from pursuing the national cause
by resorting to vicious smear campaign and throwing them behind
the bars by filling trumped-up charges against them.
Voicing his concern over the deteriorating health condition
of Mr. Malik and other prisoners Saghar made a passionate appeal
to the international human rights organizations urging them
to play their due role in early and safe release of Kashmiri
DFP aghast over killing spree in IoK
Srinagar Sun, Mar 15: While condemning
the killing of Kashmiri youth by Indian forces the Jammu and
Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has said that the occupation
forces who were on a killing spree has turned the valley into
a living hell where people are scared even expressing their
The DFP spokesman in a statement issued here on Monday, said,
"The men in uniform have been set free to arrest Kashmir
youth and kill them in fake encounters". Terming it as
a worst kind of state terrorism the spokesman said that Indian
forces were hell bent to kill every Kashmiri who has a different
political ideology. He said that the cordon and search operations
carried out by Indian troops in length and breadth of the valley
has created an environment of fear among people in the valley,
who have been facing worst kind of military crackdown and communication
blockade for last several months.
India he said has turned the disputed territory into a big
jail where people are treated as slaves. Urging international
community to take effective cognizance of the Indian brutalities
in Kashmir the spokesman said that India has turned Kashmir
into a killing field where innocent civilians were being killed,
maimed and murdered ruthlessly by the occupation forces.
Saghar seeks world community's role for
release of Shabir Shah
Islamabad Sat, Mar 14: Jammu and Kashmir
Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has appealed to the justice-loving
people of the world to raise their voice against the illegal
detention of party Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah who has recently
completed 33 years imprisonment (from time to time) in Indian
In a statement issued here on Saturday, the JKDFP senior vice
president, said, "Shabir Ahmed Shah is being punished for
advocating political rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,
his continuous imprisonment was nothing but political vendetta".
Saghar pointed out that "Shabir Ahmed Shah and other Kashmiri
political prisoners are not even being heard in the judiciary,
which had made the situation more complicated for them. He said
that Shabir Shah's health had deteriorated to an alarming level
and the irony was that he was not being provided suitable treatment
despite court directions. "Same is the case with other
Kashmiri prisoners who are facing baseless and fabricated charges
like Shabir Shah", the statement added.
Expressing his serious concern over the prevailing political
and human rights situation in the restive region the DFP leader
reiterated his party's call for an early and amicable settlement
of Kashmir dispute in line with the UN resolutions.
DFP condemns NIA for arresting father-daughter
in fake Hawala case
Srinagar Thu, Mar 5, : Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has condemned in strong
terms the arrest of a man and his daughter by NIA in connection
with the Pulwama attack case. Terming it a serious violation
of basic human rights DFP spokesman in a statement here on Thursday
said, "The imperialistic tool to terrorize and humiliate
Kashmiris and their family members has been the most preferred
weapon of the NIA authorities having the worst track record
of implicating Kashmiris in false and frivolous cases".
He said that during the past couple of years NIA had launched
a massive crackdown against Kashmiris in which socio-political
activists, rights activists, businessmen were arrested on trumped
up charges. "The so-called investigation authorities did
not even spare the Kashmir women who happen to be the worst
victims of the conflict", he said adding that arresting
of father-daughter duo is part of the sinister design to instill
fear among Kashmiris. The DFP spokesman appealed the world human
rights bodies to take serious notice of the matter and build
up pressure on India to put an end to harassment and terrorizing
Kashmiris and their families.
Saghar denounces massacre of Muslims
Islamabad Fri, Feb 28: Senior
vice president Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar
on Friday denounced in strong terms the massacre of Muslims
in Delhi terming it as the worst kind of state sponsored terrorism.
In a press statement the DFP leader said that Modi led fascist
regime has broken all records of terrorism, barbarism, deceit
and deception by letting loose its armed goons to mount murderous
attacks on hapless Muslims in Delhi. "On one hand mob-lynching,
killing and maiming of Muslims continued unabated while on the
other the police and BJP leaders were seen raising nationalist
slogans encouraging crowds to chant "shoot the traitors".
Referring to recent upsurge in hate crimes against Muslims
in India Saghar said that ethnic cleansing of Muslims was a
part of a sinister design aimed at wiping out minorities from
Indian land. "This ever growing fascist mindset intrinsic
to RSS ideology has now virtually over taken India", he
said adding that this is the same mindset that was the main
cause behind the deadly riots in Gujarat where thousands of
Muslims including men, women and children were burned alive
when Modi was chief minister of the state. Modi a man with massacre
on his hands, he said, was now repeating the history by stoking
anti-Muslim riots in Delhi to fulfill the Savarkar's dream of
converting India into a Hindu Rashtra.
Urging international community to take effective cognizance
of the situation he said that it was high time that the Muslim
world should come out of hiding and use its political and diplomatic
clout to stop the relentless bloodshed of the Muslims who were
being ruthlessly killed by blood-thirsty goons having a tacit
support of the Modi government.
Saghar urges president Trump
to raise Kashmir during his visit to India
Islamabad Mon, Feb 24: Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has appealed the US president
Donald Trump to influence government of India to ensure fundamental
freedoms to the people of the Indian occupied territory of Jammu
In a statement issued here on Monday, the DFP leader Mehmood
Ahmed Saghar said, "The people of Jammu and Kashmir hope
that the US president in line with his commitment of mediating
Kashmir dispute would influence the government of India to adopt
necessary measures for addressing the dire situation in the
held territory of Jammu and Kashmir besides promoting a stable
environment of peace and security between India and Pakistan".
Referring to the highly alarming situation in the restive region,
Saghar, said that it was high time that the US president should
realize that the solution of Kashmir dispute was mandatory for
durable peace and stability in the south Asian region. Reiterating
his call for a just and peaceful settlement of the dispute he
said, "The unresolved Kashmir dispute has been a constant
irritant for India-Pakistan relations, which not only bedevils
bilateral relations between the nuclear armed neighbours but
also poses a serious threat to the peace and stability of entire
Meanwhile, in a separate statement Saghar expressed his deep
sense of grief and sorrow over the demise of the father of DFP
leader Fayaz Ahmed Sodagar. In a condolence meeting held at
‘Freedom House' Rawalpind the DFP leader conveyed his heartfelt
condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed
Saghar seeks UN intervention
to address lingering Kashmir dispute
Islamabad Mon, Feb 17: Urging
the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Gutters to discharge his
legal and moral obligations vis-a-vis Kashmir dispute the senior
vice president Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood
Ahmed Saghar has said that the highest body (UN) should move
beyond the rhetoric of compassion to address the critical situation
in the occupied valley.
Commenting on the UN Chief's recent remarks on Kashmir the
DFP leader in a press statement issued here on Monday said,
"Given the highly volatile situation in the region it is
incumbent upon the UN secretary general to exercise his authority
to galvanize international action to alleviate the humanitarian
nightmare in the disputed region".
Referring to continued unrest in the region Saghar said, "The
unrelenting military crackdown and communication since 5th August
2019 has pushed the region into quagmire that has badly affected
people of every stratum of society in Kashmir". So far
as the worsening situation in IHK is concerned he pointed out
that the rhetoric of compassion sans a solid course of action
won't really help to improve situation in the occupied territory.
Saghar said that the dire human rights situation in the occupied
valley demands that the UN by taking effective cognizance of
the situation should stop the far-right and fascist-leaning
Indian government from imposing colonial agenda in Kashmir.
"The international community should pressurize Indian lift
restrictions and ensure restoration of the fundamental rights
and privileges to Kashmiris", he added.
Seeking the UN secretary general's pro-active role to settle
K-dispute Saghar said, "The UN has a legal and moral responsibility
to address the conflict in line with the resolutions that guaranteed
the right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir".
DFP calls for shutdown on
Maqbool Bhat's martyrdom anniversary
Srinagar Mon, Feb 10: Veteran
Kashmiri leader and Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom
Party Shabir Ahmed Shah has appealed the people to observe shutdown
on 11th February as a mark of respect in the memory of renowned
liberation leader Muhammad Maqbool Bhat who on this day in 1984
was hanged to death by India in Tihar jail for his role in the
Kashmir freedom movement.
In a message from Tihar jail the incarcerated leader while
paying homage to the JKLF ideologue Muhammad Maqbool Bhat said
that Bhat was an icon of resistance movement who preferred to
kiss the gallows rather than compromising his ideals. Terming
the martyred liberation leader as a man of great integrity Shah
said, "The Kashmiri nation owe a debt of gratitude to this
proud son of soil who devoted his entire life for the noble
cause of freedom, went through trials and tribulations and ultimately
sacrificed his precious life in pursuit of long cherished ideals".
Shaheed Maqbool Bhat he said would be remembered for ever in
the annals of Kashmir history for his indomitable role and peerless
contribution in the liberation struggle of Kashmir.
The hanging of the renowned liberation leader was a clear case
of judicial murder and a big blot on the face of the so-called
democratic state of India, which he said had violated the principles
of fundamental justice by denying him the right to fair trial.
Referring to the injustices meted out by the people of Kashmir
over the years Shah said that Kashmiris over the years have
been facing the wrath of prejudice and political vengeance at
the hands of occupation authorities.
Lauding Kashmiris' courage and resilience in the face of Indian
oppression and suppression Shah said that the people of Kashmir
were pursuing a peaceful movement to achieve their right to
self-determination and they will never succumb to the state
terrorism unleashed by India.
DFP remembers Shaheed Maqbool
Bhat and Guru on their martyrdom anniversaries
Islamabad Sat, Feb 8: The
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party has paid rich tributes
to Kashmiri liberation leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad
Afzal Guru who were hanged to death in Tihar jail for their
role in the Kashmir freedom movement
The DFP vice president Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement
issued here on Saturday while paying tributes to JKLF ideologue
Muhammad Maqbool Bhat said that Bhat was an icon of resistance
movement who preferred to kiss the gallows rather than compromising
Addressing a party meeting the DFP leader termed the hanging
of the renowned liberation leader as a judicial murder saying
that so-called democratic state violated the fundamentals of
justice system by denying them the right to fair trial. "Kashmiris
over the years have been facing the wrath of prejudice and political
Highlighting the supreme sacrifices of the JKLF leader he said
that Bhat was a man of integrity and honesty who devoted his
entire life for the collective cause, went through trials and
tribulations and ultimately sacrificed his precious life in
pursuit of long cherished ideals. The duo' supreme sacrifices
for the noble cause he said have inspired new generation of
Kashmiri youth who continue to strive and struggle to achieve
the ultimate goal for which the martyrs had laid down their
precious lives. He expressed the hope that the day was not far
when subjugated but determined masses of Kashmir will see the
dawn of freedom.
Saghar thanks Pakistan for
showing solidarity with Kashmiris
Saghar thanks Pakistan for showing
solidarity with Kashmiris
Islamabad Wed, Feb 6: Senior vice president Jammu Kashmir Democratic
Freedom Party (JKDFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has thanked the government
and particularly the people of Pakistan for expressing complete
solidarity with the struggling people of occupied Kashmir.
in a statement issued on the occasion of Kashmir Day the DFP
leader extended his heartfelt gratitude to the government and
particularly the people of Pakistan for their wholehearted support
to Kashmiris' ongoing struggle for right to self-determination.
The observance of Kashmir day he said amply demonstrated the
Pakistan's consistent policy, its unwavering commitment and
allegiance towards the cause of Kashmir. The besieged people
of Kashmir he said deeply appreciate this enduring support on
the part of Pakistan that despite facing many daunting challenges
never hesitated to go the extra mile in advocating Kashmir cause
at important world forums.
"We hope than Pakistan will continue to extend its moral,
political and diplomatic support till we achieve our cherished
goal of freedom from India's unlawful and forcible occupation",
Lauding Pakistan's role for championing the cause of Kashmir
at world level Saghar said that Pakistan has always played a
very pivotal role in providing every possible support at regional
and international level to the ongoing liberation struggle of
the Kashmiri people. Seeking peace, prosperity and economic
stability for the people of Pakistan the DFP leader said, "A
politically stable and economically strong Pakistan was guarantor
to the success of Kashmiris' freedom struggle".
Shah appeals Kashmiris to
observe India's Republic Day as black day
Srinagar Sat, Jan 25: Chairman
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Shabir Ahmed Shah has appealed
to Kashmiris living all over the world to observe Indian Republic
Day on Sunday as Black Day.
According to a statement issued in Srinagar on Saturday, the
incarcerated leader in his message from Tihar jail, has urged
the Kashmiri masses to observe a silent protest on 26 January
to convey a message to the world that India's unlawful and forcible
occupation of their motherland was not acceptable to them. "The
country that is grossly involved in death and destruction in
Kashmir and holding millions of Kashmiris hostage at the gunpoint
has no right whatsoever to observe Republic Day", the incarcerated
leader said adding that the whole world knows that India is
a usurper that has always trampled Kashmiris' aspirations down
under the jackboots besides keeping them under illegal military
occupation for the last over 73 years.
Shah who is currently under illegal detention in New Delhi's
notorious Tihar Jail reiterated the Kashmiris' pledge to take
the ongoing freedom struggle to its logical end. "Kashmiris
who have offered matchless sacrifices during the past several
decades would continue their struggle at all fronts unless they
achieved their cherished goal of freedom from Indian occupation",
Structures of violence in
IoK pose threat to people of Kashmir: DFP
Srinagar, Jan 21: Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has expressed serious
concerns over the stepped human rights violations committed
by Indian occupation forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to DFP spokesman the party meeting held under the
chairmanship of district president Advocate Fayaz Ahmed Sodagar
took strong exception to Indian General Bipin Rawat's recent
statement regarding the establishment of so-called de-radicalization
camps in Kashmir. Terming it as yet another tool of imperialism
to subjugate Kashmiris the participants of the meeting said
that after turning the whole valley of Kashmir into a massive
concentration camp the blood thirsty Indian Generals were now
planning to setup Nazi-type detention centers to punish Kashmiri
children under the garb of ‘de-radicalization'.
Urging world human rights organizations to take notice of the
wicked mindset prevalent in the Indian military establishment
the DFP pointed out that the fast spreading structures of violence
in the valley were posing a serious life threat to the Kashmir-valley
inhabitants who were forced to live in a state of constant fear
As far as the Indian General's assertions of holding young
Kashmiri children in de-radicalization camps is concerned the
DFP spokesman added that such camps were already existing in
the valley wherein the notorious Indian secret agencies have
arrested and detained thousands of Kashmiri youth aged 15 to
Referring to massive troops' concentration in the valley he
said, "The Indian military generals, badly sunk in corruption
and greed, are involved in the blatant loot of state resources.
They have turned the entire Indian army into a gang of ruthless
thugs who keep on exploiting Kashmiris on one pretext or other".
The DFP spokesman said that it was incumbent on the world human
rights organizations to take serious action of the Indian General's
statement, which he said was against the spirit of the international
law that provides the legal protection of the basic human rights
of the people living in the conflict zones.
Seeking world human rights bodies' urgent attention towards
the dire human rights situation in the Indian occupied territory
of Jammu and Kashmir the DFP spokesman called on the United
Nations to conduct an independent investigation into human rights
violations committed by the Indian troops in Kashmir. Reiterating
Kashmiris' pledge to take the ongoing struggle to its logical
end he said, "Such tactics by the Indian army will not
deter Kashmiris from pursuing their goals for which they have
rendered matchless sacrifices over the past several decades".
The DFP meeting also voiced its concern over the continued illegal
detention of the incarcerated party chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah
and other Hurriyat leaders who have been languishing in Tihar
Jail for over last two and a half years.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement the DFP paid rich tributes
to Kashmiri youth who were martyred by Indian troops in a fresh
spate of violence in the valley.
UNSC urged to move beyond
rhetoric of compassion to address situation in IoK
Islamabad Thu, Jan 16: Appreciating
the UN Security Council (UNSC) for holding a debate on the alarming
situation in Indian occupied Kashmir the vice president of Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) Mehmood Ahmed Saghar
has expressed the hope that the council would go the extra mile
to influence the government of India to resolve Kashmir dispute
that has been cause and consequence of unrest in South Asia.
In a statement issued here on Thursday the DFP leader stated
that the Security Council's meeting to review the critical situation
in the occupied Kashmir was good omen but in view of the highly
volatile situation in the region there was a dire need that
the highest body (UNSC) should move beyond the rhetoric of compassion
to address the messy situation in the besieged valley of Kashmir,
which he said was reeling under the unrelenting military crackdown
and communication since 5th August 2019.
He expressed the hope that the member states of the council
would go the extra mile to deescalate the rising tensions in
the region besides making serious efforts to address the lingering
Kashmir dispute that has been the root cause and consequence
of rights violations in the restive region.
Saghar also thanked the government of China for its courageous
and categorical stand on Kashmir saying that China along with
Pakistan requested the UNSC to hold a meeting to review situation
in Kashmir. He said that Kashmiris owe a token of gratitude
to china for lending this support.
Struggle for right to self-determination
to continue at all fronts: DFP
Srinagar Sat, Dec 21: While
voicing its serious concern over the fast deteriorating political
and human rights situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir the
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) during an
extra-ordinary session here on Saturday expressed its unflinching
resolve to steer the ongoing liberation struggle to its logical
conclusion, despite all odds.
The meeting, held under the chairmanship of the party Secretary
General Moulana Muhammad Abdullah Tari, was attended by the
office bearers and the district presidents of the Party. The
participants of the meeting reiterated its call for early settlement
of Kashmir dispute on the basis of universally accepted principle
of right to self-determination guaranteed to the people of Jammu
and Kashmir by no less an authority than the United Nations.
Referring to dire human rights situation in the valley the
participants regrettably noted that, "The besieged Kashmiris
have been suffering badly from the unrelenting military lockdown
since August 05. Entire political leadership is in jails. Normal
life remains suspended and the means of communication, especially
the ban on the internet, have plunged the occupied territory
into a state of absolute crisis". The meeting also condemned
the illegal detention of the incarcerated party chairman Shabir
Ahmed Shah and other liberation leaders who have been languishing
in notorious Tihar jail for past two years.
Lamenting the international community's deafening silence over
the sufferings of Kashmiri people the participants said that
it was quite unfortunate that the global community has been
watching the terrible situation in Kashmir remorselessly. They
said that world powers' lopsided approach and criminal silence
over the simmering situation was akin to legitimatize the Indian
state-terrorism against the hapless Kashmiris in the held territory.
The JKDFP huddle hoped that the well wishers of humanity around
the globe will work together and devote themselves for the good
of suffering humanity in the occupied Kashmir. Referring to
the messy situation that arose in Kashmir valley, after the
events of August 5th 2019, the participants of the meeting said
that the people of Kashmir have out rightly rejected the illegal
and forcible annexation and division of the state. They said
that Kashmiris who have offered matchless sacrifices during
the past several decades will continue their struggle at all
fronts unless they achieve their cherished goal of freedom from
India's illegal and forcible occupation. Terming the ongoing
struggle against Indian imperialism as a legitimate indigenous
movement they made it clear that the Kashmiri nation had started
their freedom movement long before Indian and Pakistan came
into existence in 1947.
Speaking on the occasion the DFP secretary General Moulana
Muhammad Abdullah Tari while highlighting the political and
historical contours of the ongoing struggle said, "Kashmiris
have a glorious history of resistance and heroic tradition of
resistance against the outsiders/aggressors no matter how strong
they were". "The spirit of fighting against oppressors
is in the Kashmiri peoples' DNA and this is the reason that
they never accepted Indian dominance in the region" the
DFP leader said adding that the ongoing struggle was in fact
an extension of the historic movement that started way back
in 1931. Reiterating Kashmiris' pledge to take the ongoing struggle
to its logical end he said, "It is our own struggle, we
owe a debt of gratitude to those whose near and dear ones have
laid down their lives for this noble cause". "We shall
continue our struggle no matter whether any country supports
us or not", Tari said.
The worsening political and human rights situation he said
needs an urgent attention of the world body. Moulana Tari said
that the global community irrespective of race, colour and religion
should come forward in a big way and work in a missionary spirit
to put an immediate end to human rights violations in Kashmir,
lifting the siege and military lockdown that has badly affected
the daily lives of millions of Kashmiris in the valley.
The DFP secretary general also appealed the world body urging
it to discharge its legal and moral obligations to help Kashmiri
people march forward struggling against occupation forces and
in achieving the universally accepted right, the right to self-determination.
The meeting through a separate resolution thanked the government
of Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia and china for raising voice in
support of besieged Kashmiris at international level.
The meeting also expressed grave concern over the persecution
of Muslims in India. Terming BJP government's Hindu supremacist
ideology as a threat to regional peace the participants said
that religious minority in India have been at the receiving
end of Hinduvata exclusivism. They said that the persecution
and humiliation of Muslim community at the hands of RSS goons
continue despite the fact that they had chosen to stay back
in India after the partition.