opponents is the worst kind of state-terrorism: DFP
Terming the custodial killing of Rizwan Pandit of Awnatipora
a barbaric act, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP)
has said that killing political opponents is the worst kind
of state terrorism.
The JKDFP Spokesperson said in a statement that Kashmiri people
are facing such tyranny from last three decades and the irony
is that the culprits are being given promotions instead of
taking them to book. This has made the situation so worst
that now police are arresting an innocent school teacher and
kill him in custody.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, JKDFP Spokesperson
appealed the human rights activists to come forward and take
this serious issue to the international court of justice so
that the culprits are given exemplary punishment.
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Srinagar: DFP Secretary General M A Tari
and spokesman Bashir Aziz during a press conference here
on Sunday express party's grave concern over the well
being of Shah following the disturbing rumours about his
Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has expressed
concern over the raids and arrests in nook and corner of the
The party spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said
arresting hundreds of people for their political ideologies
has turned the territory into a big jail where people are
scared even expressing their feelings.
He said the men in uniform have been set free to arrest each
and every Kashmiri who has a different political ideology.
The irony is that these undemocratic arrests are being made
just before the so-called parliamentary elections, he said,
adding caging people before elections is a mockery in the
name of democracy.
DFP concerned over well being of Shabir Shah
Srinagar: Democratic Freedom Party on Sunday expressed serious
concern over the well being of its incarcerated chairman Shabir
Ahmed Shah presently lodged in New Delhi's notorious Tihar Jail.
Addressing a press conference, DFP, spokesman Bashir Aziz expressed
the party's concern over the well being of Shah following the
disturbing rumours about his health. "The criminal silence of
authorities is adding deep suspicion over the well being of
our leader", the spokesman said adding that Shah's lawyer and
above all his family, well wishers and his supporters were concerned
over his well being.The spokesman also condemned the government's
order wherein it had claimed that Shah's security cover was
withdrawn. "There is no security cover for Shah as he has been
languishing in jail for last two years", the spokesman said
adding that no security whatsoever was ever sought in the past
nor did he (Shah ) need it in future. The DFP spokesman appealed
people to remain steadfast at this hour as New Delhi has employed
psychological warfare against Kashmiris by issuing advisories
from past two days".
Islamabad seminar calls for early settlement
Shah for his role in advancing cause of right to self-determination
Islamabad: Seeking an early and peaceful settlement of lingering
Kashmir dispute the speakers at a seminar hosted by Jammu
and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party here on Tuesday urged
the world community to play its due role in resolving the
long drawn conflict, which they said was the main cause and
consequence of rights violations in the region.
The seminar titled "The Freedom Struggle of Kashmir and
role of Shabir Ahmed Shah" was presided over by Moulana
Fazl-ur-Rehman the former chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee
and addressed by JI-AJK Chief Dr. Khalid Mehmood, JUI-AJK
leader Moulana M Yousuf, Sardar Usman Attique Khan, Moulana
Ab. Aziz Alvi, senior vice president Democratic Freedom Party
Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, Shaikh Tajamulul Islam Executive Director
Kashmir Media Service, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi convener APHC-Pak
chapter, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Moulana
Ghulam Nabi Nowshahri, Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani, Syed Abdullah
Gilani convener APHC-Pak chapter, Altaf Hussain Wani, Altaf
Bhat, Prof. Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Rafique Ahmed Dar, Aslam Malik,
Abdul Mateen and several others.
The speakers on the occasion paid eulogizing tributes to the
subjugated but determined masses of Jammu and Kashmir for
their resilience, courage and determination in the face of
"Indian brutality and state-repression". They also paid homage
to Kashmiri martyrs who have laid down their precious lives
in pursuit of the noble cause of freedom from Indian subjugation.
The seminar also appreciated veteran Hurriyat leader Shabir
Ahmed Shah for his unwavering commitment, indomitable role
and peerless contribution towards the ongoing struggle for
right to self-determination. Terming Shah as symbol of courage
and perseverance they said that the incarcerated leader has
spent half of his life in Indian jails, detention and interrogation
centers in and outside Kashmir valley. The speakers termed
the arrest of DFP chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah and others by
the official of Indian Enforcement Directorate as ultra-vires
saying that the ED had no legal authority to arrest Kashmiri
The speakers denounced in strong terms what they called the
stepped up Indian state terrorism, genocide of Kashmiri youth
and use of excessive force against civilians by Indian forces,
arrest of minors under notorious Public Safety Act (PSA) and
the recent spate of violence that had resulted in widespread
destruction and death of over 500 Kashmiris during year 2018.
They also lambasted the government of India for using National
Investigation Agency as a tool to harass and humiliate Hurriyat
leaders and their families.
Voicing their serious concern over the Indian naked aggression,
unprovoked shelling on civilian population by Indian forces
on the line of control (LoC) the speakers observed that the
Indian government's policy of deceit and deception and its
hegemonic designs was as a direct threat to peace and stability
in South Asia.
The seminar further acknowledges the fact that the right of
self-determination was an inalienable and non-negotiable right
of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, guaranteed to them by
no less an authority than the United Nations. They stated
that a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance
with relevant Security Council resolutions is imperative for
a lasting peace and stability in the South Asian region. Decrying
India's muscular policy on Kashmir the speakers made it clear
that Kashmiris' ongoing legitimate and indigenous political
struggle for right to self-determination could not be suppressed
in the guise of so-called terrorism mantra being paddled by
India saying that India's policy of intransigence was the
biggest hurdle in peaceful settlement of the lingering Kashmir
Highlighting the legitimacy of Kashmiris' struggle they said
that Kashmir dispute was fundamentally a political and legal
issue that needs to be addressed in its true legal and historical
perspective. They realised that for any positive change to
take place in Kashmir, India needs to reverse its current
course, allow an unhindered access to international human
rights organizations to investigate ongoing human rights violations
in the region.
Stressing the need for peace settlement of Kashmir dispute
they said, "Tripartite dialogue involving Kashmiris, Pakistan
and India is the best way forward to address the long-running
dispute of Jammu and Kashmir".
Ruling out a military solution to the Kashmir issue they said
that India must acknowledge the ground reality and sit across
the table with Pakistan and genuine representatives of the
Kashmiri people to work out modalities for a peaceful settlement
of the festering dispute.
Welcoming the first-ever report issued by the Office of United
Nations Human Rights Commission and the All Parties Parliamentary
Kashmir Group of the UK parliament report on the situation
in occupied Jammu & Kashmir the participants of the seminar
termed these reports as eye-opener for International Community
and an indictment of New Delhi's destructive & dodgy role
Hailing Pakistan's continued political, moral and diplomatic
support to Kashmir cause and its commitment to peaceful settlement
of Kashmir dispute they urged the incumbent democratic dispensation
of Pakistan to launch a vigorous campaign at the international
level to sensitize the world about the appalling situation
of human rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The speakers observed that for an effective Kashmir awareness
campaign at International level the government and foreign
office of Pakistan must identify articulate voices with an
in-depth knowledge on the subject.
Urging New Delhi to fully respect the right of self-determination
of the people of Kashmir as protected under international
law the seminar demanded establishment of commission of inquiry
(CoI) as recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights in his report dated June 14 2018.
Voicing their serious concerns over the massive troops' concentration
in Kashmir the speakers maintained that the UN Secretary General
must ensure that Indian security forces are brought under
three restraints i.e. behaviour, number and location as envisaged
in the UNSC resolution of 21 April 1948.
The participants of the seminar called on international community
particularly the UN to pressurize India to put an immediate
halt to continued bloodshed, systematic violence and flagrant
human rights violations in Kashmir, stop the blatant use of
chemical weapons and pellet-firing shotguns, which they said
have been responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing
people in Kashmir.
A declaration issued at the end of seminar also urged upon
the UN secretary general to influence India to allow a fact
finding mission to visit Kashmir to investigate the grave
situation in the disputed territory in line with recommendations
of the UNHRC report.
The declaration sought revocation of all black laws granting
sweeping impunity to Indian forces, restrictions on media,
internet and social network and restoration of fundamental
freedoms i.e. freedom of expression, freedom of religion,
freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of peaceful
assembly and freedom of association in Kashmir.
Through another resolution the seminar sought safety and early
release of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails, detention
and interrogation centers in and outside occupied Jammu and
Curbs after killings add to brutalities:
Srinagar December 17 : In occupied Kashmir, the
Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has said
that curbs and restrictions after killing add to brutalities.
The JKDFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly
condemned the imposition of curfew in Srinagar and south Kashmir
areas and said Indian authorities and their local agents donít
allow people even to mourn. He said caging people after every
brutal killing has become a norm in Kashmir and ironically the
Indian authorities are posing as if nothing is wrong in the
disputed region. Unfortunately, the whole world is deceived
by the Indian propaganda and there is not a single voice in
the whole world to condemn the Indian brutalities in Kashmir,
the spokesman added. He said the men in uniform have been set
free to kill and injure whosoever tries to raise voice against
the ongoing state terrorism in Kashmir. The killing of unarmed
civilians has become a norm in the disputed region and this
all is done by a country which claims to be the largest democracy.
The party, however, pledged to take the cause of freedom forward
at any cost. The spokesman hailed the steadfastness of the people
of Kashmir against the brutal and inhuman approach of India.
He said people of Kashmir have burnt down their boats and they
have decided to keep the journey on until they are granted an
opportunity to decide about their political future. Expressing
solidarity with the people, whose nears and dears were massacred
by the Indian forces at Kharepora area of Pulwama, the spokesman
said blood of innocent youth will soon destroy the castles of
Saghar concerned over HR violations in
Islamabad December 10 : The former convener
of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (Pak chapter) and senior
vice president of Democratic Freedom Party Mehmood Ahmed Saghar
while voicing his serious concern over the worsening human rights
situation in Kashmir has urged the international community to
help resolving Kashmir dispute, which he said was the cause
and consequence of rights violations in the region. In a press
statement issued here on Monday, the DFP leader said that world
community's silence over the grim situation of Kashmir had given
a sense of impunity to India and its forces to commit more human
rights violations in the region. Referring to a report released
by International Forum for Justice Human Rights JK (IFJHRJK),
he said that in 2018 as many as 103 civilians were killed by
Indian troops in Kashmir. Seeking an end to continued bloodshed
in Kashmir Saghar regrettably noted that innocent people were
being arrested on frivolous charges and detained in different
jails while the youth are being pushed to the wall. Calling
for a peaceful and early settlement of long running dispute
he said, "While the world is observing International Human
Rights Day, today, I call upon International human rights agencies
to take serious notice of human rights violations committed
by Indian troops in the region and force India to stop the violations".
Terming India as a violator of international covenants Saghar
said that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which became
the global standard for defending and promoting human rights
all over the world, was being trampled down by India in Kashmir
where fundamental rights of the Kashmiris are not protected.
"Innocent civilians particularly youth are being killed
day in and day out, people are being thrashed, harassed and
humiliated, whereas the political leadership has been thrown
behind the bars", he said adding that Kashmir has been
turned into a virtual jail where no one has right to speak.
Terming Indian hegemony as a biggest threat to peace in the
region he said that it was high time that the world community
should come forward in a big way to help resolve this dispute
that has brought death and destruction in the region.