UN must take steps to protect Shah, other political prisoners: JKDFP
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, OCT 03: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has appealed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to urge upon India to protect the political prisoners of Kashmir who have been imprisoned in different jails in and outside Jammu Kashmir to crush the genuine movement of the people of the disputed region. The party impressed upon UN to take practical measures to get “Prisoner of Conscience” Shabir Shah out of Tihar jail who is suffering from serious ailments. Freedom Party has appealed the International Forum to take measures so that the Kashmir dispute is resolved. Kashmir dispute was born two years after the formation of the UN so the International forum and the Kashmir dispute are almost of the same age. The United Nations has the responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means, in accordance with Chapters VI and VIII of the Charter, to help protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The Kashmiri people are facing the Indian tyranny since decades together. Around five lakh people have been killed since 1947 and Indian forces have disappeared about ten thousand persons in last three decades. Kashmiri people face all this only because they want implementation of the resolutions of UNSC so that they can express their political will in a free and fair atmosphere. For this, New Delhi has filled jails in and outside the State and these political prisoners are made to suffer in every respect. These political prisoners include Freedom party chief Shabir Shah who is languishing in Tihar jail Delhi only because he has been advocating the implementation of the UNSC resolutions throughout his political career. The irony is that Shabir Shah is seriously ill and is denied suitable medical treatment endangering his life. The party appealed the UN to take serious steps to resolve the issues like Kashmir, which are continuously threatening the world peace and consuming human lives and urged upon New Delhi to protect the lives of Kashmiri political prisoners including Shabir Shah. The UN is a platform for the world community to come together and think over the issues pertaining to the people. Since India is a member of the UNGA and signatory to the Charters and Resolutions of the UNSC, hence member nations must use their influence to motivate New Delhi to adopt a resolution process.