Incarcerated senior leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Shabbir Ahmad Shah has expressed serious concern over the rising incidents of Indian state terrorism in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a message sent from New Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail said that killing innocent youth during the so-called cordon and search operations and fake encounters has become a routine matter for the Indian troops in IIOJK. The Modi regime has turned the occupied territory into a killing field, he added.
Terming the killing of innocent Kashmiri youth as the worst kind of state terrorism, he said the policy of oppression and suppression would never succeed to suppress the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people. “The supreme sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri martyrs will never go in vain”, he said, adding the day is not far when Kashmir will be freed from the Indian bondage.
Referring to the Indian army officer’s threatening statement, Shabbir Shah said that it was unfortunate that the Indian military and political establishment had failed to learn from history. “The history of the subcontinent stands witness to the fact that aggression and antagonism and even the wars India and Pakistan have fought over Kashmir since 1947 failed to bring the much-needed peace in the region”, he said, adding that India must take a leaf out of the 75-year long illegal occupation of Kashmir.
Stressing the need for resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute said, Peace in the region is inescapably linked to the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in line with the United Nations resolutions. He said that the Indian government must accept the ground reality that durable peace could not be achieved if the core issue of Kashmir was sidelined. India needs to realize that killing, maiming, blinding and murdering Kashmiris is not the solution to the Kashmir dispute, he added.
Shabbir Shah said despite the deployment of over 900,000 troops in the territory, India has miserably failed to subdue the Kashmiris’ resolve and their urge for freedom from Indian subjugation. He reiterated that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved through the implementation of the UN resolutions.
He deplored that IIOJK was the only territory in the world where people were being subjected to custodial disappearance after arrest and during the past 75 years over five lac people had been killed and properties worth billions of rupees destroyed by Indian forces. Shabbir Shah said that the Indian leadership should muster courage and fulfill the promises the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.—KMS