All free to hold public meets a lie: DFP

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SRINAGAR: Expressing strong resentment over Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s claim that “everyone, be it Narendra Modi or separatists) is free to hold gatherings here, Freedom Party spokesperson on Wednesday said that Omar Abdullah has told a “blatant lie”. Omar was referring to Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Prime Ministerial Candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi’s “Lalkaar Rally” held in Jammu.

Freedom Party spokesperson said that Shabir Ahmad Shah has been either put to house arrest or detained in some police station for a period of one-year, three months and 12 days since last three years of Omar Abdullah regime just to prevent him from holding public gatherings. He said that Shah has also been prevented from offering 115 congregational Friday and six Eid prayers.

Terming Omar Abdullah as helpless before his ill-statements, the spokesperson said that during the last Eid-ul-Azha, Shabir Ahmad Shah was bundled by commandos at Dargah Hazratbal when he was offering prayers. This all was done in presence of Chief Minister and Shabir Shah was again prevented from addressing people.

“He (Shah) was even prevented several times to visit the affected families of Gool Ramban and was arrested at Jawahar Tunnel several times. He was neither allowed to visit Jammu nor any place in valley to offer condolence to bereaved families. He was also prevented from visiting Kulgam,” the spokesperson said.

He said despite such, Omar Abdullah’s statement is extremely condemnable.  “If Omar Abdullah would have been pro-democratic person, then Shabir Ahmad Shah would not have been arrested for the crime that he fights for right to self- determination of Kashmiris; the political parties would not have been banned.”

The spokesperson further said that if Omar Abdullah will lift all restrictions on our political activities, he will come to know that Kashmiris demand nothing less than freedom.

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