Shah For Broad Based, Transparent Hurriyat26 December 2011
Srinagar: Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and president of Democratic Freedom Party, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Monday asserted that there was an urgent need to make the organizational structure (of the conglomerate) stronger. “Hurriyat Conference is not ‘an accidental collection of a few persons but a political forum representing the people’s urge for freedom,’” he told workers from Budgam, Bandipore and Anantnag districts at his party headquarter here. Contrary to the Indian propaganda that Kashmir was an issue for economic incentives or about law and order, Shah said, “Kashmir is a political issue for which five lakh people have sacrificed their lives. It is neither for any economic concessions nor for installation of ministries.” He said it was the workers’ duty to strengthen the Hurriyat Conference at the grassroots level for which there was need to restructure and broad-base the amalgam. “For the purpose, we need to strengthen the amalgam at the state level because only then it can be taken seriously at the international level,” he said. Shah said that Hurriyat had its own constitution according to which Kashmir should be resolved according to the United Nations resolutions or through meaningful and result-oriented tripartite talks between India, Pakistan and the pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir Shah said the credibility of Hurriyat Conference depended on the representation of various organizations and transparency of the movement. He paid rich tributes to the founder of Pakistan, Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, on his birth anniversary. “It was because of his singular efforts that Muslims of the sub-continent got an independent country of their own,” he said, hoping the Pakistani nation would spare no efforts to translate the Qaid’s dream into a reality by making the country into an Islamic welfare state. He said that the pro-Indian parties in Kashmir were carrying out propaganda and spreading lies about the freedom movement which needed to be exposed. The DFP president asserted that the conspiracies were being hatched to divide Shias and Sunnis. He said that unity between all the sects could foil theses conspiracies against the Kashmiri people. Shah hoped India and Pakistan would take the Kashmiri leadership on board to resolve the 64-year dispute once and for all.