Wants Obama to intervene in ‘K’ issue
Jammu: President of the Democratic Freedom Party, Shabir Ahmad Shah on Thursday was heckled by activists of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Jammu region.
Shah was addressing a press conference in winter capital of Kashmir when mobs of the youth wing of the right-wing nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), furious that a Kashmiri separatist was addressing a conference in Jammu city, threw chairs and broke a microphone.
Shah termed the incident as a political conspiracy.
“All the professional politicians have hired these activists. They want to create distance between Jammu and Kashmir. They have been made emotional in the name of religion. But the fact is not the same. We love the people of Jammu as much as we love our people. Even our religion says whatever we chose for ourselves, the same we would choose for our people,” said Shah.
He further said that these kinds of attempts would not affect him.
“If they have come here to kill me, then I would like to clear this fact that I am not afraid of death. I do not have any kind of fear. The only fear, which I have, is of the one who owns my life (Allah),” said Shah.
Shah hopes that US president Barack Obama would intervene on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and press both India and Pakistan to hold a dialogue.
“At least he should facilitate dialogue between the two neighboring countries,”
“We ask that President Obama bring up the ‘K’ word, as Kashmir has been pejoratively labelled, in his discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India,” a memorandum to the US president, signed by more than 25 groups and individuals said.
Prominent signatories to the memorandum include Angana Chatterji, a professor of Anthropolgy at California Institute of Integral Studies, Coalition of Civil Society, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kashmir, Kashmir Bar Association, Jammu and Kashmir Trade Union Council and Kashmir Minority Front.
“We ask that in seeking stronger relations with India, the United States should not compromise the rights of Kashmiri people or regional peace and security concerns in South Asia,” the memorandum said.
According to Agence India Press correspondent, police personnel later arrested the activists who scuffled in the conference hall.
Shah, who was in jail for eight months, was released last day.
He had been detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA) in 2008 during the Amarnath land row.
Large groups of separatists had held demonstrations against the land transfer, and many including Shah, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omar Farooq were detained.
A number of protests, shutdowns and strikes kept Kashmir on the boil this year.
At least 111 people were killed in June, in clashes between security forces and locals during some of the protests, which were the biggest in two decades.
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