Mufti, Omar Should Join Hands With Separatists: DFP
19 October 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: Democratic Freedom Party president Shabir Ahmad Shah today if Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and National Conference president Omar Abdullah are sincere in resolution of Kashmir issue through tri- partite talks they should join hands with separatists. The DFP president was addressing a public meeting at Ajas in Bandipore where he reiterated the need to resolve the Kashmir issue according to its historical background. He said without its resolution, long lasting peace in the sub-continent is not possible. Shah said if Mufti and Omar accept that Kashmir issue involves three parties and that there is a need to resolve it, they should work togather with the freedom loving leadership and prove their sincerity. He said despite the claims if the coalition government in the state that situation is returning to normalcy, the fact remains that there is no let up in bloodshed. 'In fact, bloodshed and uncertainity is on increase', he said. As a consequence, he said, Palestine and Kashmir have become two facets of a same coin. Referring to differences in the separatist camp, he regretted, it is contributing to the misfortune of the people. He urged people to pressurise the separatist leadership to forge unity in their ranks. Shah said crores of the residents of the sub-continent who live below poverty line in the sub-continent want to earn their livelihood in an atmosphere of peace. 'They are averse to war', he said. He condemned New Delhi for putting curbs on the proposed visit of various leaders to different countries. 'Syed Ali Shah Geelani was prevented from joining the Organisation of Islamic Countries meet, Mirwaiz Umar Faroow was not allowed to proceed to South Africa and Agha Syed Hassan Al Mosvi could not reach Iran for attending various religious conferences. 'This is regrettable and an interference in religion', he said. Shah also expressed concern over the plight of detainees and said this proves the hollowness of 'the democracy'. Other DFP leaders including Ghulam Rasool Nawaz, Majid Mushtaq, Mohammad Yousuf Kallo also attended the meet.