Only dialogue can guarantee peace in South Asia: Shabir
Shabir Ahmad Shah, chief of Jammu Kashmir Freedom Party, speaks during a news conference in Srinagar June 1, 2005. Shah, a senior Kashmiri separatist leader scheduled to travel to Pakistan, said on Wednesday that people should not expect too much from the historic trip by Kashmiri leaders across the frontier. A group of moderate separatist leaders is due to visit Pakistani Kashmir on Thursday on a new bus link between the divided parts Kashmir for talks to help end the dispute over the Himalayan region. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli FK/TZ
Srinagar, Feb 22 : Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) Chairman, Shabir Shah Friday welcomed the statement of Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir about supporting the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Kashmir and stressing upon India to hold talks with Pakistan. As per a statement issued to media here, Shah, in a message from Tihar Jial, Delhi where he is undergoing detention, said that “only democratic solution to the long pending Kashmir dispute is to implement the UNSC resolutions and both the neighbouring countries can amicably decide about it through a dialogue process.” Shah said “only dialogue can guarantee a peaceful and stable south Asia and talks alone can end the ongoing bloodshed in the disputed region.” He stressed upon New Delhi to shun the politics of deceit and accept the facts on ground which clearly suggest that people of Jammu Kashmir are struggling for their political rights already accepted and acknowledged by the international community. Shah said that Kashmiri people are facing a lot in the way of their just struggle and have sacrificed their kith and kin to achieve their goal. However, it is encouraging that world leaders and countries have finally started accepting the rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir and the statement of Saudi’s Foreign minister in New Delhi is a welcome development. Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir yesterday said in New Delhi that his country backs the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Kashmir and that India and Pakistan should hold talks to preserve the Kashmiri interests, the statement added. Meanwhile, Shah appreciated the role of Sikh community which they played while communal elements of India were targeting Kashmiri citizens in different Indian states. He expressed his satisfaction over the fact that finally sane voices have started supporting the oppressed Kashmiris and the Sikh community will be remembered for its recent bold stand. Shah also praised the patience of Kashmiris who despite provocations upheld the traditions of harmony and tolerated all sorts of highhandedness with utmost bravery.