In Delhi, no one ready to listen to Shabir Shah’s arguments: DFP

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Srinagar—Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Thursday said the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has “produced a so-called charge-sheet in a Delhi court” against the party Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah.

In a statement, the DFP said Shah was picked by the agency on July 25 from his Srinagar residence and flown to New Delhi where he was interrogated for several days and then detained in the notorious Tihar jail.

“In Delhi, whether it is judiciary or media, no one is ready to listen to Shabir Ahmad Shah’s arguments based on reality; so we decided to put some requests to people through our local media regarding the so-called charge-sheet filed against the pro-freedom leader. The move was also taken in response to the vilification campaign carried out by Indian media and authorities in New Delhi against Shabir Ahmad Shah,” the party said.

The DFP said the motive behind maligning the image of Shabir Ahmad Shah by Indian media, the registering of false cases against him in Delhi court, and subsequently subjecting him to physical and mental torture, is nothing but to create a wedge between the people of Jammu Kashmir and the pro-freedom leadership.

“Shabir Ahmad Shah is being accused of “amassing huge wealth” and numerous fabricated stories were cooked to back such claim. A perception is being created among masses as if Shabir Shah was not a resistance leader but the one whose one and only motive was to accumulate wealth. Few points need to be clarified in this regard. Shah belongs to a well-established business family of south Kashmir. He inherited a good amount of wealth from his family to live a prosperous life. Even today, one can find dozens of such persons in Islamabad (Anantnag) district who can testify how much land and property Shabir Ahmad Shah’s grandfather possessed. Shah Sahib’s father Ghulam Mohammad Shah after retiring as a Block Development Officer (BDO) took charge of family business and till his martyrdom on April 4, 1989 lived with Shabir Ahmad Shah,” reads the DFP statement.

The party spokesman said the only truth in the ED’s charge-sheet is that Shabir Ahmad Shah considers Jammu Kashmir as a disputed territory and is politically active seeking its resolution.

“He has been fighting politically since 1968 and is steadfast on his mission. Throughout his political career, Shabir Ahmad Shah has stressed on dialogue to resolve disputes and has continuously championed for such ideology,” it reads further.

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