Srinagar, July 24: Incarcerated chief of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP), Shabir Shah has completed one year of his continuous imprisonment in Tihar jail, Delhi.
Shah was arrested by ED last year on the same day and was shifted to Delhi where he was questioned in a “fabricated and old case for some days before lodging him in Tihar jail”.
The DFP spokesperson said in a statement that India is a signatory of international convention about the prisoners which makes it duty bound to follow the international norms about the prisoners. “However, New Delhi does not follow the same especially about political prisoners of Kashmir who are languishing in different jails of J&K or outside,” the spokesman said.
“The latest example of it is the illogic and undemocratic imprisonment of JKDFP chief Shabir Shah. Shah has been booked in an old case by ED which has already been decided on judiciary level. Fact of the matter is that one year has passed since ED filed its so called chargesheet against Shabir Shah however it has not succeeded in proving even a single allegation against Shabir Shah,” he said.
“The only one charge against Shabir Shah which is true is that he advocates for Right to Self Determination for his people and firmly believes that unless and until Kashmir dispute is resolved according to the wishes of the people living in the disputed region there neither can be peace in the region nor stability in South Asia. This is the only “crime” of Shabir Shah that he strongly pleads the case of his people and has spent 31 years in different jails so far for it,” the spokesman said.
“We at JKDFP salute the political will of our leader and pledge to take his mission forward,” he added.