UN chief must take practical steps vis-a-vis Kashmir: Shabir Shah

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Srinagar: Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah today urged the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to initiate practical steps to prevent the loss of human lives in Kashmir.

Shah was reacting over the UN chief’s statement about Kashmir issue. Ban Ki-moon has decried the deaths in Kashmir and also offered UN office to facilitate dialogue between India and Pakistan to achieve a negotiated settlement on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

In a statement issued to press, Shah said though UN chief’s statement in response to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s letter is encouraging and a welcome step, but lamented that the world body is only making assurances and not taking any practical steps in this regard.

“Such lip-service emboldens India to continue its oppression in Jammu Kashmir where people are massacred,” he said.

“UN is duty-bound to play role vis-a-vis Kashmir issue and despite 18 resolutions standing passed in the security council of the world body, India has reneged from its promises and has turned this heaven on earth a hell,” he said.

Shabir Ahmad Shah expressed hope that Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif will vehemently highlight Indian barbarism in Kashmir in upcoming speech in UN in September and will call for right to self-determination of the people of Jammu Kashmir.

Condemning the unleashing on reign of terror upon the people, Shah said, “I’m proud of the spirit and steadfastness of the youth of my nation. If we will continue with the same spirit, we will achieve our goal of freedom very soon. The development and ban on use of pellet guns is not our target but to achieve complete independence from India’s forcible rule is our goal.”

Reiterating his appeal to people to follow the protest prpgramme issue by the resistance leadership, Shah said the world is keenly observing us and we have to continue our peaceful protests.

Meanwhile, as per party spokesperson, on Friday night, government forces unleashed atrocities on the peaceful protesters in Khanabal, Islamabad in which dozens were seriously injured and several arrested.

Among those arrested include Abdul Rouf Ganaie, Muhammad Akbar, Majid Yousuf Wani, and others. Also, as per reports, Muzaffar Ahmad Wagay who was arrested by police has been slapped PSA and shifted to Kathua jail. (PTK)

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